VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dr. Heather Allen
Date: 03/17/17 Phone: 757.263.1797
News Release No. 051 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: heather.allen@vbschools.com

Dr. Aaron Spence named Region II
Superintendent of the Year

Virginia Beach City Public Schools Superintendent Aaron Spence has been named Region II Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS). He was selected from among the 16 division superintendents comprising Region II. As Regional Superintendent, Spence is now eligible to be considered for the 2018 Virginia Superintendent of the Year.

“Dr. Spence is passionate about public education and providing all students with the best possible opportunities,” said Beverly Anderson, chairwoman of the Virginia Beach School Board. “We are so pleased that his fellow superintendents have recognized his outstanding leadership and service to our schools. Our Board is proud to support him as together we lead the way for Virginia Beach to become the premier school division in the nation.”

Spence has brought innovative initiatives and groundbreaking work to the division since beginning his service in Virginia Beach in June 2014. He led the implementation of Compass to 2020, a five-year strategic framework focused on four goals: high academic expectations, multiple pathways, social-emotional development and culture of growth and excellence. Spence also led the launch of division’s Digital Learning Anchor School initiative, a pilot for a divisionwide digital 1:1 technology program, and directed the creation of an Entrepreneurship and Business Academy at Kempsville High School. In addition, he has developed expanded partnerships with leading community organizations, businesses and the military, including working with the United States Navy to engage all 5,000 VBCPS fifth-grade students in a STEM interactive learning experience at the 2016 NAS Oceana Air Show.

"I'm humbled to receive this honor on behalf of the division and the great work we are doing together for the children of Virginia Beach,” said Spence. “We are all committed to ensuring that every child is supported and challenged every day to achieve a high standard of academic performance and growth to reach his or her full potential.”

Before his service in Virginia Beach, Spence was Superintendent of Moore County Public Schools in North Carolina. His has also served as Chief High School Officer of the Houston Independent School District, Chief Academic Officer in Chesterfield County, Virginia, and principal of Deep Run High School in Henrico County, Virginia. Spence began his career in 1994 as a French and photojournalism teacher in Stafford County Public Schools.

Spence has a bachelor’s degree in French studies, a master’s degree in secondary education and a doctorate in educational administration and supervision, all from the University of Virginia. He is a proud VBCPS graduate of Green Run High School.

The Virginia Superintendent of the Year Selection Committee will convene to review applications submitted for the title of 2018 Virginia Superintendent of the Year. Each applicant will be selected based on criteria to include: leadership for learning, communication, professionalism and community involvement. Virginia’s Superintendent of the Year will be announced during the VASS annual conference, May 7-9, in Roanoke.

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