Administration

Mrs. Dunbar

Mrs. Dunbar is excited to begin her seventh year as principal at Indian River High School. She began her teaching career 29 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 there from 2005 until 2014.

After graduating from Western Branch High School, Mrs. Dunbar received her B.S. from Norfolk State University in Electronics Engineering, 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 “No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.”

Dr. Harding

Dr. Harding is the Assistant Principal of Instruction. Her responsibilities include overseeing instruction, SOL testing, and student achievement.

She received her B.S. in English Education from Elon University, M.S. in Middle Level Education and ED.S. in Administration and Supervision from Walden University, and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Virginia Tech. Before transitioning into school administration, she taught middle and high school English. She believes in the importance of collaboration and life-long learning, differentiating instruction to meet the needs of every student, and building strong, positive relationships. She is proud to be an Indian River Brave!

Dr. Harding resides in Chesapeake with her children. She enjoys gardening, cooking and reading.

Mr. Joppy

Mr. Joppy is the 9th grade administrator.  He is 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.

Mr. Mincheff

Mr. Mincheff will be serving as the 10th grade Assistant Principal this school year.  Some of his additional responsibilities are serving as the property manager, overseeing textbooks, building safety and security, athletics and instruction.

Mr. Mincheff is a graduate of Chesapeake Public schools. He grew up in the Great Bridge section of the city and still resides in Chesapeake.   He attended Old Dominion University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education.  He later went on to Cambridge College to receive his Masters in School Administration.

During his tenure at Chesapeake Public Schools, he has served many roles. He has taught Physical Education at the following schools, G.W. Carver Intermediate, Camelot Elementary, and Great Bridge Middle School.  He served as an athletic coach for multiple sports at Crestwood Middle, Great Bridge Middle, and Great Bridge High School.  He has served as Athletic Director, taught summer school, served as Assistant Principal, as well as Principal, of summer school.  He served as an Assistant Principal at Indian River Middle school and now Indian River High School.

He enjoys spending time with his two boys, working out, riding his motorcycle, as well as spending time with family and friends.

His favorite quote is “No one will care how much you know, if they don’t know how much you care.”

Mrs. Bunch-Boney

Mrs. Bunch-Boney will be serving as the 11th grade Administrator this school year. Her responsibilities include overseeing math and special education departments and United Way.

Mrs. Bunch-Boney holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. As well as a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Applied Mathematics from Old Dominion University. Before transitioning into school administration, she taught math at both Hickory High School and her alma mater, Oscar Smith High School.

Mrs. Bunch-Boney views a collaborative school environment as the key to creating successful teachers and students. Her educational philosophy is based on her uncompromising belief that all students can learn, given a positive learning environment and through building positive relationships.

Mrs. Bunch-Boney resides in Chesapeake with her husband and children. In her spare time, she loves to extreme coupon, 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 will be serving as the 12th-grade administrator. Some of his additional 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, the secret of all triumphs.”