Mr. Quentin Hicks, Principal
Mr. Hicks is a 1991 graduate of Great Bridge High School. After graduating from Great Bridge High he received a B.A. degree in History Political Science Education from Virginia Union University and a M.A. from Regent University in Educational Administration.
Mr. Hicks is entering his twenty fourth year as an educator with the Chesapeake Public Schools. He is excited and honored to lead the Hugo A. Owens Middle School family. He taught social studies for one year at Great Bridge High School and for four years at Hickory High School. He became an administrator in 2002 serving as an assistant principal for three years at Hickory High School, two years at Western Branch High School and five years at Grassfield High School. In 2012 he became the Principal of Jolliff Middle School where he served for seven years.
Mr. Hicks resides in Chesapeake. He is very active in the Chesapeake community, serving as a member of the New Chesapeake Men for Progress Educational Foundation, the Chesapeake Civic Chorus and the I. Sherman Greene Chorale. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals and a past member of the State Advisory Committee for Juvenile Justice. His hobbies include singing, relaxing, motivational speaking, spending time with his family and watching college football and basketball.
Mrs. Alicia Hall, 6th Grade Assistant Principal
Mrs. Hall is a life-long resident of Chesapeake and is a graduate of Deep Creek High School. She earned her B.S. in Middle School and her M.S. in Education with a Reading Specialist endorsement and from The George Washington University she earned her Ed.S. in Education Specialist with an endorsement in Administration and Supervision.
She began her career with the Portsmouth Public School System as a classroom teacher for five years at Brighton Elementary and Westhaven Elementary Schools. During her final three years in Portsmouth she served as a traveling reading specialist assigned to Brighton Elementary, Westhaven Elementary, Douglass Park Elementary, S.H. Clarke Academy, and Park View Elementary. In 1998, she transferred to Chesapeake Public Schools where she worked for seven years as the Reading Specialist at Truitt Intermediate School, 10 years at Oscar Smith Middle School as the Instructional Specialist, four years as Assistant Principal at Jolliff Middle School until she moved to Hugo Owens Middle in 2019.
Mrs. Hall is an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international organization that promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at the beach, reading, playing word games and traveling. Mrs. Hall is a firm believer that every child can learn when given the opportunity and that it truly does take a village to educate a child. Bob Beauprez once said, “Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations.”
Mr. John Wecht, 7th Grade Assistant Principal
Mr. Wecht earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Elon University in 1993, Masters in Education of the Gifted from Norfolk State University in 1998, and an Education Specialist Degree in Administration and Supervision from The George Washington University in 2005. In the spring of 1996, he began his educational career at Crestwood Middle School and in the fall of 1996, he moved to the newly opened Hickory High School. While at HHS, he served as a Special Education teacher as well as the Junior Varsity, and Varsity Soccer coach for 8 years. In 2005, he was appointed as an Assistant Principal at HHS, and served the next 8 years in the position until arriving at Hugo A. Owens Middle in 2013. Mr. Wecht and his wife Leslie have two children Morgan, and Jack. During their weekends, you can find them organizing, cleaning, working in the yard, or sitting at a ball field.
Mr. Michael Dunbar, 8th Grade Assistant Principal
Mr. Dunbar is a product of the Tidewater area. He graduated from Indian River High School in 1992. He earned his bachelor degree in Fine Arts from Old Dominion University in 1999 and his master’s degree in Urban Education from Norfolk State University in 2004. He began his career as an Art Teacher in 2004, during which he was recognized as Teacher of the Year. Mr. Dunbar served as an assistant principal at Oscar Smith Middle for nine years until he moved to Hugo Owens Middle in 2013. He focuses on helping students realize their own potential and pushing them beyond their comfort zone not only academically, but also behaviorally. During his tenure in Chesapeake Public Schools he has worn many hats, including: step-coach, track coach, mentor, art curriculum writer, art teacher, assistant principal, summer school principal and muralist. Some of his murals can be found within several schools throughout the city.
Mr. Dunbar currently resides in Chesapeake with his wife Naomi, their two sons Jerald and MJ, along with their spoiled, but sweet, dog Maxx. He is a firm believer in building strong family bonds and giving back to his community. Mr. Dunbar crossed the burning sands of Kappa in 1993, and he is now a lifetime member of the noble clan of Kappa Alpha Psi Incorporated. KAY was founded upon the principle of ACHIEVEMENT in every field of human endeavor. A quote that he holds dear to his heart reads: “to accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.”