VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dr. Heather Allen
Date: 10/31/16 Phone: 757.263.1797
News Release No. 026 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: heather.allen@vbschools.com

Cashwell named VSTE 2016
Outstanding Leader of the Year

Dr. Amy Cashwell, chief academic officer for Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS), has been named Outstanding Leader of the Year by the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE). The organization honors one leader and one teacher in Virginia each year who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education.

Cashwell is recognized for her leadership and vision in the school division's digital learning transformation supporting goals set forth in the VBCPS strategic framework, Compass to 2020. She led the implementation of a new school-based instructional technology support program, which includes an instructional technology specialist (ITS) position in every school and ongoing professional learning for the instructional coaches. She established the division's Digital Learning Anchor Schools initiative involving a cadre of 15 schools that study device implementation and develop digital learning best practices to support the expansion of digital learning programs in all schools.

"As Virginia Beach City Public Schools works to transform teaching and learning, Dr. Cashwell has been the visionary at the helm, developing and implementing a strategic pathway to meet this goal. She is the epitome of a great leader, providing direction and support while always keeping in mind what is best for students," wrote Bill Johnsen, VBCPS director of instructional technology, in a nomination letter.

"No one is more deserving of VSTE's recognition than Dr. Cashwell who works tirelessly to ensure a high-quality, personalized and rigorous academic program for all students in Virginia Beach," said VBCPS Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence. "Her efforts are leading us on a pathway of seamless integration of technology into our instructional program."

Cashwell, a VBCPS graduate of Kempsville High School, began her career with the division in 1998 as a teacher at Glenwood Elementary School. She served as an assistant principal and principal before her appointment by the School Board in July 2013 to serve as the division's Chief Academic Officer. In that role, Cashwell oversees the Department of Teaching and Learning, which includes the offices of Elementary Teaching and Learning, Secondary Teaching and Learning, Instructional Technology, Student Support Services and Programs for Exceptional Children.

Cashwell received her bachelor's degree in liberal studies and elementary education from Longwood College. She has a master's degree in education administration and supervision and doctoral degree in education administration and policy studies, both from The George Washington University.

Cashwell will be recognized Dec. 5 at VTSE's annual Technology in Education Conference held Dec. 4-6 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. More information about VTSE and its Outstanding Leader Award is available at www.vste.org.

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