Mrs. Dunbar

Mrs. Dunbar is excited to begin her eighth year as principal at Indian River High School. She began her teaching career 32 years ago with Chesapeake Public Schools. Mrs. Dunbar taught for nine years (1990-1999) as a math teacher at Western Branch Middle School. In 1999, she was assigned to her first administrative position as the assistant principal of Indian River Middle School. Six years later, she became the principal and served from 2005 until 2014.

After graduating from Western Branch High School, Mrs. Dunbar received her B.S. from Norfolk State University in Electronics Engineering and M.A. in Urban Education and Ed.S from The George Washington University in Administration and Supervision.

Mrs. Dunbar resides in Chesapeake with her husband Michael and children. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and reading.  Mrs. Dunbar’s favorite quote is by Dr. James Comer:  “No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.”

Mrs. Tuten

Mrs. Tuten is the Assistant Principal for Instruction.  Mrs. Tuten grew up in Chesapeake and graduated from Indian River High School.  Mrs. Tuten received her Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Science degree from Old Dominion University.  Mrs. Tuten has been in education for 21 years. Throughout her career, she has been a history teacher, department chair, graduation coach, and assistant principal.  Mrs. Tuten is excited to be entering her fourth year at Indian River High School. 

Mrs. Tuten loves to spend time with her family, being on the beach, especially with her grandsons, and traveling.    Mrs. Tuten’s favorite quote is by Theodore Roosevelt:  “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”


Mr. Connolly

Mr. Connolly is the 9th grade administrator.  He is excited to work at Indian River High School after serving for 15 years as a middle school assistant principal at Crestwood and Hickory Middle School.  His responsibilities include working with 9th grade students; the history, PE, and ROTC departments; and safe school concerns.

As a graduate of Chesapeake Public Schools, Mr. Connolly is excited to join the Indian River Braves family.  He believes that  school should empower all students to feel confident in who they are; and that with hard work, students can create their own success in life.

Mr. Connolly lives in Great Bridge with his wife and two sons.  He is active in Boy Scouts, exercise, bike riding, and generally has a good time.

Mr. Joppy

Mr. Joppy is the 10th grade administrator.  His responsibilities include the custodial team, KRONOS, lockers, building utilization, and student activities.

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications and a Master of Science degree in Special Education from Norfolk State University. He also holds an Education Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from The George Washington University. 

Mr. Joppy pursues excellence in education. He believes in the quote by Aristotle:  “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution.”

Mr. Joppy resides in Chesapeake with his wife and two children.  Mr. Joppy enjoys spending time with his family and playing the organ.

Mrs. Bunch-Boney

Mrs. Bunch-Boney, an educator for 17 years,  is the 11th grade administrator.  Her responsibilities include overseeing the math and special education departments. Some of her additional duties include AVID program administrator, social committee, and United Way.

Mrs. Bunch-Boney holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Old Dominion University and a Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix.   Before transitioning into school administration, she was an exceptional math teacher at both Hickory High School and her alma mater Oscar Smith High School. Mrs. Bunch-Boney is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Advanced Educational Leadership.  

In her spare time, she enjoys walks on the beach, she is a food enthusiast, and she enjoys spending time with her family. Mrs. Bunch-Boney’s favorite quote is “Sometimes what your students need most, right now, has nothing to do with what’s on your lesson plan”.

Mr. Martinez

Mr. Martinez is the 12th-grade administrator. Some of his responsibilities include attendance, after-school activities, and overseeing the foreign language and science departments.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management. He also holds an Educational Specialist degree in K-12 School Leadership from Regent University. Mr. Martinez is currently working on his doctoral dissertation in Educational Leadership.

Mr. Martinez has served Chesapeake Public Schools since 2015, teaching Geometry in Western Branch High School. Before then, he taught Mathematics for four years at Blair Middle School in Norfolk. Before that, he resided in Puerto Rico, where he was born and raised and served as a Civil Engineer during his professional career.

He enjoys spending time with his wife and two teenagers at home in Chesapeake. He believes in the quote by Victor Hugo: “Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.”