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Thirty-nine HCS educators accepted into the Virginia Best Practices Network Academy

Hampton City Schools is excited to announce that 39 educators have been accepted into the Virginia Best Practices Network Academy (VBPN). The VBPN is a collaboration that was established in 2018 between interested members of the Association of Teacher Educators of Virginia (ATE-VA), selected institutions of higher education preparation programs, and hard-to-staff school divisions.

The goal of the academy is to provide teachers designated as clinical faculty and new teacher mentors the opportunity to become highly effective clinical faculty and/or new teacher mentors. They will receive professional development and training through intensive, innovative, scientific, evidence-based learning opportunities. The cost of training will be covered by state grant funds, including costs for speaker fees, registration for professional development workshops, incentives, and other relevant materials.

“I am delighted that the VBPN has selected so many of Hampton’s qualified supervising teachers who were interested in volunteering to extend their knowledge further,” said Dr. Kimberly Richardson, HCS organizational development coordinator. “Virginia has one of the 10 highest teacher turnover rates in the nation. But in Hampton we have systems in place to support our strategic plan goal of attracting, recruiting, and retaining exceptional staff. Our ultimate goal is teacher self-efficacy and HCS practices what research has shown - our five-year induction plan which heavily emphasizes one-on-one mentoring relationships in teachers' first year contributes to teachers experiencing connectedness and a sense of accomplishment that leads to increases in job satisfaction and teacher retention.”

HCS educators who were accepted are as follows:

Lacey Whetsel – Andrews PreK-8
Cynthia Baird – Andrews PreK-8
Katherine Kelsey – Asbury Elementary School
Alexis B. Jones – Bassette Elementary School
Heather Woodruff – Bethel High School
Kathleen May – Bethel High School
Meryl Innerfield – Bryan Elementary School
Frances Johnson – Burbank Elementary School
Sarah Naugle – Cary Elementary School
Jasmin Royal – Cooper Elementary Magnet School for Technology
Shannon Chappelle – Cooper Elementary Magnet School for Technology
Karen Parker – Eaton Fundamental Middle School
Jessica Scott – Eaton Fundamental Middle School
Katina Acree-Williams – Eaton Fundamental Middle School
Sarah Hammond – Forrest Elementary School
Kari Espada – Hampton High School
Simone Huey – Hampton High School
Tijuania Lambert – Jones Magnet Middle School
Hamiltyne Laurena Holmes Coates – Kecoughtan High School
Sandra Hooper – Kecoughtan High School
Annette Crothers – Kraft Elementary School
Jessica Thomas – Kraft Elementary School
Jan Marie VanDenheede – Kraft Elementary School
Andre Richardson – Lindsay Middle School
Lois Parson – Lindsay Middle School
Jennifer A. Eure – Machen Elementary School
Ashton Cross – Phenix PreK-8 School
Melanie Cross – Phillips Elementary School
Freny E. Quilpa – Phoebus High School
Ellen Bastian – Smith Elementary School
Debra Hicks – Spratley Gifted Center
Stephanie Stedman – Spratley Gifted Center
Arnetta D. Hughes – Syms Middle School
Jessica J. White – Syms Middle School
Ma Elena Largo – Syms Middle School
Janice Way – Tarrant Middle School
Rebecca Sedgwick – Tarrant Middle School
Priscilla Scott-Thomas – Tarrant Middle School
Pamela Birdsong – Tyler Elementary School

“I am a big supporter of teachers helping other teachers to grow. I am looking forward to discovering new ways to work with teachers in my building that will help them, and by extension, their students, to succeed,” shared Bryan teacher Meryl Innerfield.

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HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAB for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings. 

All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy.  All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources and Title IX/ADA Coordinator.  Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.  For more information about this process, please review the Formal Resolution Process and/or Informal Resolution Process.    

Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact:

Executive Director of Human Resources
Title IX and ADA Coordinator
Department of Human Resources
One Franklin Street
Hampton, VA 23669
(757) 727-2300



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Also, many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools, and there are other plug-ins that make websites more accessible.

The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.
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When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line.  Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours.  To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:

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HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.

Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
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