Dr. Donna M. Power, Lee-Jackson Elementary School's principal for the past decade, has been named the new assistant superintendent for Mathews County Public Schools.Power
was appointed at the conclusion of Tuesday night's school board meeting and will officially assume her
new duties on July 1.She
will fill the vacancy left by Dr. Georg T. Kidd, who stepped down in February for health reasons."We're glad to have Donna Power on board," Superintendent of Schools Dr. David J. Holleran said at the meeting, which was held in the Mathews High School library.
"instructional knowledge and love of children" will now benefit the entire school division, he
In addition, Holleran said that he
to play a major role in some of the regional initiatives and programs of which Mathews is a part."I can see her
becoming a leader in some of these programs," he
first task as assistant superintendent will be to organize a search committee to find a new elementary school principal.
As in the case of Power
, Holleran said that the school division will first look among its current staff for someone qualified to fill this vacancy.
"I can't begin to describe the honor" of being selected to the division's number-two administrative spot, Power
said.For the past 10 years Power said she has served the students at Lee-Jackson, "and I look forward to serving all the kids (of Mathews) for a long time to come."Power taught special education at Thomas Hunter Middle School for one year before succeeding Aaron Wilburn as principal in 1998.
...Prior to coming to Mathews County, Power served as principal at three private schools in Pennsylvania and New York from 1985 to 1997.She
teaching career in 1973 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Staten Island, N.Y.Power earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Virginia Intermont College, received a master's in special education from St. John's University and conducted post-graduate work at Fordham University and the University of Virginia.Last year, she earned her doctorate in Virginia Tech in educational leadership and policy studies.
While at Lee-Jackson
created and implemented a mentor program and a program for slow learners, added a fitness component to the school's regular physical education curriculum, and wrote the grant for the Instructional Support Team teaching project.
In 2006, she
was one of four statewide finalists for the National Distinguished Principal Award.She lives in the Glebe, where she is a partner in Two Left Hands Farm, raising German warmblood and thoroughbred horses.