Pope named Region IV Superintendent of Year
Monday, April 25th, 2011 - The Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) has named Dr. Gail E. Pope, Superintendent of Manassas City Public Schools, the Region IV Superintendent of the Year.
is one of eight Regional Superintendents of the Year
who will be considered for the Virginia Superintendent of the Year.
The winner of the Virginia title will be announced at the VASS annual conference in Roanoke on May 3, 2011.
"I was deeply humbled and honored when I found out I was selected for the award," said Pope
has a passion for seeing children work at their optimal level and a determination to promote teaching and learning in every one of the nine schools she
In August 2008, she
introduced Preparing the 21st Century Learner , a platform that critically analyzed what was being taught and how the division was best utilizing their current resources.
"As I attended several workforce seminars to learn what local employers need in today's employees, it became very evident that if our students developed the 21st century skills of critical thinking and problem solving, good oral and written communication, a strong work ethic, and the ability to collaborate with a diverse a diverse work team, they would be better prepared for post secondary educational opportunities which could lead to great jobs in Manassas," Pope
"Solid literacy and mathematic skills are equally important.
At the height of Pope's
focus on 21st Century learning, all school divisions across the Commonwealth were dealing with significant cuts to their budgets.
was able to partner with the Manassas City Council
who offered additional funding through the Manassas NEXT initiative, which is based upon 21st Century skills focusing on science and mathematics.
With the additional funding, the division's children's engineering program was birthed giving students in grades K-8 earlier access to engineering principles.
was also involved in the design and development of the new regional Governor's School @Innovation Park which has an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The school is the result of a collaborative effort between the Manassas City
, Manassas Park City and Prince William County Public Schools systems and George Mason University
Continuing to look to the future, Pope
recently implemented a new six-year comprehensive plan that revised the school division's vision, mission, and strategic goals.
says the plan is designed to be the umbrella under which the division's work will be documented and reported.
"Everything we do will always align with our overall goal of teaching and learning."
Pope earned her bachelor's degree from Radford University and her master's and doctorate degrees in educational administration from Texas A & M University.
She has experience as a teacher, principal, and associate superintendent.
She came to Manassas City Schools in 2006 from Manassas Park City, where she served as Associate Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology for five years.
Prior to joining Manassas Park City, Pope served as Director for Region VIII Governor's Best Practice Center for the Virginia Department of Education.
She is on the Board of Directors for the NOVA Manassas Symphony.
She served on the Board of Directors for the Virginia ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) from 1995-2006 and the Board of Directors for ASCD International from 2002-2006.