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This profile was last updated on 8/14/06  and contains information from public web pages.

Dr. Donald K. Bechtel

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Brandermill Community Association » SCES orientation dayis August 31, 14 Aug 2006 [cached]
SCES Principal Don Bechtel extends a warm welcome to three new teachers for the 2006-2007 school year.
"She is recognized by parents as a creative and energized teacher," says Bechtel.
The Great Gator 5K and Kids Fun Run is a blast - Brandermill Community Association, 31 July 2012 [cached]
Retired SCES Principal Donald Bechtel, Ed.D., also showed up to support the runners.
"I had a lot of good ..., 1 Nov 2013 [cached]
"I had a lot of good teachers along the way - elementary, junior high, high school and then college," Bechtel said. "Knowing what they had done for me in my life, that all kind of came together."
Bechtel entered the classroom in the late 70s, beginning with the third grade at Matoaca Elementary School in Chesterfield County, Virginia. He received his master's in the summer and quickly joined the administrative side as an assistant principal.
"The name of the school was Matoaca and that is one of Pocahontas's first names," he said. "She had a couple of names so now to end up here - full circle - is really special."
After seven years as an assistant, Bechtel became a principal in 1986.
"I was good with discipline," he said. "Classroom discipline, bus discipline and I've always felt that I can connect with parents, I was able to connect with the parents and help the kids be successful."
Last year, Bechtel found a listing for a principal to finish the year at Hillsboro Elementary School. The posting intrigued him and, well, the rest is history.
"When I saw that it was kind of a transitional placement, that's what intrigued me," he said. "I didn't know much about Pocahontas County, but when I saw the vacancy, I felt like I could help the faculty."
Bechtel finished the 2012-2013 school year as principal at HES and had nine weeks into 2013-2014 when the board of education approached him about becoming the interim superintendent after C.C. Lester resigned the post in mid October.
As interim superintendent, Bechtel is unsure how long his term will be, but while he is in the office, he plans to make the best of it.
"It's personalization of leadership," he said.
Bechtel reached out to all the teachers in the county with a personalized letter, giving them a chance to know what his expectations and plans are for the future of education in the county.
"I feel like we have an energized school board," Bechtel said. "They want to support the teachers and all other personnel in their work. As I told them, we're instruction and support professionals. We can't have ten goals because sometimes you say 'I can't do ten things well.' I just want each goal to take a look at data and drill down we're doing really well in these areas and these are the areas where we need to improve."
Most schools analyze data by the semester or nine weeks. Bechtel said he feels it is better to analyze weekly, to ensure the students are retaining what they have learned.
"What gets measured gets done," he said.
"He talks about the three things that today's worker is seeking," Bechtel said.
Bechtel takes a different approach to the students, altering the old adage, "The three Rs. Instead, he believes in "The three Cs" - Capable, Connection and Contribute.
"Every day in school you get a lot of satisfaction and pride," he said.
To show the students how important they all are to him, Bechtel spent his first week as interim superintendent visiting each classroom in the county.
"That was my goal," he said.
As superintendent, Bechtel said his job is to assist the teachers with their style of teaching.
"One hundred-ninety spirits," he said. "Just to say from a superintendent standpoint, 'I saw you do this' and be specific with feedback. 'Good' and 'nice' - I can be a little more specific there. What we're trying to do, the teacher should not be the 'sage on the stage' anymore, talking for thirty minutes. The teacher should be talking for about ten minutes and then engaging the children because then you can really hear what is their level of understanding."
Bechtel realizes that, although there is an 'I' in superintendent, he knows he can't do it on his own.
"I can't do it all but together we can do it all," he said. | Thousands gather, say goodbye, 11 Mar 2006 [cached]
"Loving them was easy to do," said Don Bechtel, principal of Swift Creek Elementary.
Brandermill Community Association » SCES students care for roots, shoots and the environment, 14 Nov 2005 [cached]
SCES Principal Donald Bechtel has approved a school-wide observation that will be led by the Roots & Shoots group.
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