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Meet the 8 new principals at Richmond Public Schools

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RICHMOND, Va. – There are eight new principals at Richmond Public Schools (RPS) for the 2016-2017 school year.

The appointments were approved by the Richmond City School Board beginning July 1 at the recommendation of School Superintendent Dana T. Bedden.

The new principals are as follows:

Cynthia Heckstall, former assistant principal at Boushall Middle School, will serve as principal at Henderson Middle School. Heckstall previously served as assistant principal at Boushall Middle School. She holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Larry Marks, former interim principal at Huguenot High School, will serve as principal at the Richmond Technical Center. Marks previously served as principal at Courtland High School in Spotsylvania, VA. He holds a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Virginia State University.

Tamara Mines, former assistant principal at Charlottesville High School, will serve as principal at Armstrong High School. Mines previously served as an assistant principal, administrative intern and coordinator of student conduct in Henrico County Public Schools. She holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Jacquelyn Murphy, former principal in Grand Prairie Independent School District, will serve as principal of Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School. Murphy previously served as a bilingual coordinator and principal at Lancaster Independent School District as well as a bilingual teacher and instructional coach at Dallas Independent School District. She holds a Doctor of Education in curriculum, instruction and assessment from Walden University.

David Peck, former assistant principal at Mary Williams Elementary School in Prince William County, will serve as principal at Chimborazo Elementary School. Peck previously taught at J.G. Hening Elementary and Falling Creek Elementary schools in Chesterfield County, VA. He holds a Doctor of Education in curriculum, teaching and leadership from Northeastern University.

James Sales, former assistant principal at Binford Middle School, will serve as principal at Swansboro Elementary School. Sales previously served as principal at Elizabeth Redd Elementary School and assistant principal at George Wythe High School. He holds a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Lynchburg College.

Wayne Scott, former principal at Greensville County High School, will serve as principal at Blackwell Elementary School. Scott previously served as principal at George Mason Elementary School and a turnaround specialist with Richmond Public Schools. Scott holds a Doctor of Education in educational administration from the University of Cincinnati.

Cherita Sears , former assistant principal at Albert Hill Middle School, will serve as the school’s principal this year. Sears previously served as dean of students and an English teacher at Meadowbrook High School in Chesterfield County, Va. Sears holds a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Liberty University.

Additionally, the following instructional leaders have been tapped to serve as assistant principals this school year: Thomas Devaughn, Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts; Stephanie Douglas-Jackson, Lucille Brown Middle School; Erika Moseley, Chimborazo Elementary School; Tashiana Ivy, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School; Verona Wilborn, Henderson Middle School, Felicia Coleman, Blackwell Elementary School; Juvenal Abrigo, Green Elementary School; Kennett Lee-Anderson, George Mason Elementary School; Inett Dabney, Aspire Academy; and Qualisha Zyhier-Williams, Boushall Middle School.

Principal appointments approved and announced prior to July 1 include Michael Powell, John B. Cary Elementary School; Latonya Waller, Boushall Middle School; Jeryl Scott, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School; and Robert Gilstrap, Huguenot High School