Mr. Quentin Hicks, a Chesapeake native, serves as principal of Western Branch High School and is entering his 26th year as an educator with the Chesapeake Public Schools. After graduating from Great Bridge High School, he received his bachelor’s degree in history with a concentration in Political Science Education from Virginia Union University and his master’s degree in Educational Administration from Regent University. Mr. Hicks taught social studies for one year at Great Bridge High School and four years at Hickory High School. In 2002 Mr. Hicks became an administrator and served 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 and Hugo Owens Middle School, where he served for two years. Mr. Hicks resides in Chesapeake and 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. Mr. Hicks is also 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. Biittner earned a B.A. in English from Virginia Tech and a M.Ed. in Administration from The George Washington University. She taught English for 10 years and served in roles such as Cheerleading Coach and Senior Class Sponsor. After leaving the classroom nine years ago, she became the 12th grade administrator for WBHS. This will be her sixth year as Assistant Principal for Instruction. Mrs. Biittner firmly believes in the school motto, “Through honor and success, be a Bruin do your best!”
Mr. Alexander has over twenty years of experience in mathematics and administration. He holds degrees from Delaware State University and Old Dominion University. He is an avid supporter of public education and a proud member of the Bruin-Nation!
Mr. Close is a native of Chesapeake and is proud to be a product of Chesapeake Public Schools. He has worked in public education since 1999, all in Chesapeake Public Schools. As a school administrator, Mr. Close is dedicated to helping students, staff members, and others within the school community to reach their greatest potential. He hopes that his student advocacy and servant leadership are contagious. Mr. Close is currently the Assistant Principal for 12th grade, special education, and student activities.
Mr. Grady has been an educator for twenty-eight years working strictly in Chesapeake Public Schools including sixteen years as an administrator. As a former English teacher, he recognizes the significance of language acquisition across all content areas. He is currently the 10th grade administrator who supervises the English and fine arts departments as well as afternoon bus dismissal. He is embarking on his 6th year at WBH.
Mrs. Riddick is a proud product of Chesapeake Public Schools and she earned a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In addition, she has earned a M.S.Ed. and an Ed.S from Old Dominion University. Mrs. Riddick has over 10 years of experience in education and has served in roles such as a Geometry teacher, School Planning Council member, Sophomore Class sponsor, and Study Hall tutor. Mrs. Riddick is currently the Assistant Principal for 11th grade and she is excited to be a member of the Bruin family!
Mr. Mark Didawick is from Berkeley Springs, W.Va. He earned an Associates Degree in Engineering from Potomac State College, a B.S. in Education from West Virginia University and a masters from Old Dominion University in Sports Administration. Mr. Didawick has 32 years of experience in education working as a teacher, coach, and administrator. He has been the Athletic Director for the last 22 years.