Poquoson City Public Schools Superintendent Jennifer Parish was named the Virginia Department of Education’s Region 2 superintendent of the year and is in the running for the statewide award.
Region 2 consists of 15 school divisions in the Hampton Roads area, including all of the Peninsula.
Parish has been Poquoson’s superintendent since 2008 and previously worked 18 years for the York County School Division. In York, she served as a teacher, principal, director and chief academic officer.
In each year of Parish’s tenure as superintendent, the school division has been fully accredited and has also added project-based initiatives and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, said Antonia Fox, an assistant superintendent.
Fox said Parish and the schools used input from students to come up with new programming, such as medical and health-related courses. The schools have also added career-readiness courses that let students take internships in fields of interest under Parish.
Parish’s tenure has coincided with the great recession and the economic recovery since then, and Fox credited Parish with making the most of an extremely tight budget.
“(Parish) works tirelessly to ensure that our schools provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful,” Garry Carter, chairman of the Poquoson School Board, said in a news release. “She is steadfast in her dedication to the students, staff, parents, and the community of Poquoson,”
Parish received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Virginia and her educational specialist and doctorate degrees from the College of William and Mary, according to a news release.
She also was president of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents in 2016 and is a member of the Virginia SOL Innovation Committee, the WHRO Board of Directors. Parish is also an executive associate professor at the College of William and Mary.
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