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Gail Elizabeth Pope, Ed.D., Associate | Cambridge Strategic Services
Gail Elizabeth Pope, Ed.D.
Gail Pope Gail Elizabeth Pope, Ed.D. Gail Elizabeth Pope earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Radford University and Master's and Doctorate degrees from Texas A&M University. She has taught in elementary, middle, and high school in Mississippi, Ohio, and Texas, as well as at Old Dominion University where she taught a graduate class in strategic planning. She began her career in education administration in Spring Branch ISD in Houston, Texas where she served as high school assistant principal and middle school principal. She continued in administration in Virginia Beach City Schools before becoming a director of the Governor's Best Practice Center with the Virginia Department of Education. Pope then served as the Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for Manassas Park City Schools. She then served for six years as superintendent of Manassas City Schools. Her professional growth activities have been focused on work with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development [ASCD] where she completed a four year term on the Board of Directors. While serving on the board, she visited schools in England, South Africa, China, and India. She is a past president of Virginia ASCD and was honored as Virginia Curriculum Leader of the Year in 2006. Pope was on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Association of School Superintendents and served on the DaVinci project which authored a strategic plan for Virginia superintendents. Pope was named Region IV Superintendent of the Year for 2011. Upon retirement, she and her husband returned to Texas and live in The Woodlands. She now serves as the Regional Field Consultant for AdvanED for the greater Houston and Galveston area.
Pope named Region IV Superintendent of Year
NMSO Icon 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. She 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. 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 oversees. 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 said. "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. Pope 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. Pope 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. She 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.
Sandra Laham Ph.D., Associate | Cambridge Strategic Services
Roanoke County Public Schools - News
Gail Elizabeth Pope
Superintendent of Schools
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. She 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. Pope also completed a four-year term on the board of directors for the Association for Supervisors and Curriculum Development (ASCD). 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. Pope 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.