Media Release: Administrative Appointments

2019-2020 Administrative Appointments
Posted on 05/15/2019

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For Immediate Release

 May 14, 2019

The Waynesboro School Board announces the selection of three individuals to be appointed to administrative positions in the school division for the 2019-2020 school year.

Mr. Wayne “CJ” Van Devander, III will be the Coordinator of Valley Academy.  Mr. Van Devander has a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from James Madison University and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Scranton, PA.  

He has spent the majority of his career working in Augusta County Schools as a teacher, athletic director and assistant principal at both the middle and high school levels and has also worked previously in the Regional Alternative Education Program.  

In his varied experiences, he has provided the administrative and instructional leadership needed to meet the diverse educational needs of students, as well as professional development for teachers.

Valley Academy is a partnership between Augusta County Schools and Waynesboro City Schools.  The mission of Valley Academy is to provide middle and high school students in these school divisions a non-traditional school option when barriers to success impede their graduation progress.  The program capacity is thirty-three students.  As a result of the lower student to staff ratios, the Valley Academy team will be able to provide intensive academic, behavioral, social, and emotional support to our students so they may reach their individual goals.

Mr. William “Tim” Teachey will be the Director of Instruction replacing Sue Wright who is retiring.  Mr. Teachey is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.  He received his Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from James Madison University. 

Mr. Teachey began his teaching career in 1989 as a biology teacher in Waynesboro Public Schools.  In 2003, he became assistant principal at William Perry Elementary School and moved to assistant principal at Waynesboro High School in 2005.  He has been principal at Waynesboro High School since 2008.  He has had varied educational experiences at both the elementary and secondary levels.

Dr. Jeffrey Cassell, Superintendent of Waynesboro Schools, said “Mr. Teachey has a rich history with the Waynesboro Public Schools, his commitment to our school division and community is evident by his many years of dedicated service to our students.  He is skilled in developing strong student centered programs and building attitudes that promote positive citizenship.  He has excellent listening skills and works hard to build consensus and collaborative relationships among staff.  Mr. Teachey will provide our students, teachers, and the community with a continued focus on student achievement, accountability, and strong communication.”   

Dr. Donald Gregory Harris will be the Principal of Westwood Hills Elementary School following the retirement of Mrs. Renae Deffenbaugh.  Dr. Harris came to Waynesboro Public Schools in 2015 as assistant principal of William Perry Elementary School from Rockingham County Schools where he had been employed since 2005 as a mathematics teacher at Turner Ashby High School in Bridgewater, VA.  He also had the opportunity to teach mathematics for one year at Stanley Elementary School, Stanley, VA.  Dr. Harris has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Virginia Tech.  He received his Masters of Education in Mathematics and a Certificate in Educational Leadership from James Madison University, where he has recently completed doctoral studies in Strategic Leadership.

Dr. Greg Harris has also been an Adjunct Mathematics Instructor at Blue Ridge Community College from 2010 until the present.  In addition to his role as a classroom teacher, he has worked collaboratively with school administrators, teachers, and division level personnel in Rockingham County and other local school divisions in the review of student achievement data, curriculum, and staff development for teachers.

He demonstrates an enthusiasm for learning and passion to achieve the best for students. The benefit of his teaching perspective and instructional content knowledge will be invaluable in a leadership role at Westwood Hills Elementary School and Waynesboro Public Schools. 

Dr. Jeffrey Cassell, Superintendent said, “These three individuals bring a variety of unique instructional and administrative experiences that expand and complement the leadership capacity of our school division. They offer great perspectives of teaching and learning, as well as genuine care and concern for the best interest of students.  We are excited about the combination of instructional experiences, expertise, and leadership abilities each of them share.”

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