The Essex County School Board is pleased to announce that Dr. Gail Pope will be the acting superintendent for Essex County Public Schools effective Jan. 2.
Pope will replace Dr. Joseph Melvin, who tendered his resignation on Sept. 17 to become the Superintendent of Petersburg City Public Schools.
Pope has a history in curriculum strength and high standards in instruction and has over 30 years of experience in education.
She received a BS degree from Radford University and her Masters and Doctorate degrees from Texas A&M.
She served as the associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction for Manassas Park City Schools.
also taught at the elementary, middle, high school and college levels.
Pope served as an assistant high school principle, middle school principle and as director of the Governor's Best Practice Center for the Department of Education.
also completed a four-year term on the board of directors for the Association for Supervisors and Curriculum Development
As such she
visited schools in England, China, India and South Africa.
She is the former president of the ASCD.
In 2006, she
was honored as the Virginia Curriculum Leader of the year.
Additionally, she served on the board of directors of the Virginia Superintendent Association.
On June 30, Pope retired after six years as the head of the Manassas City Public School System, where she was named the Region IV Superintendent of the year in 2011.
has been acting superintendent of the Page County School system (Luray) since Sept. 1, and completed the transition with the newly hired superintendent, Dr. Donna Power.