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School board taps Strayer
As assistant superintendent
Friday, June 6, 2014
By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer
The Henry County School Board on Thursday appointed Sandy Strayer as assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, according to a news release.
Superintendent Jared Cotton recommended Strayer for the position. Strayer is a 21-year veteran of the school division who most recently has been the school division’s director of K-12 instruction.
She will succeed DeWitt House, who is retiring.
“I am looking forward to working with Mrs. Strayer in her new capacity,” Cotton said in the release. “Her diverse experience at all levels of the organization, commitment to the students and her instructional expertise make her a great choice for this essential position. I know that she will keep the needs of our students at the forefront of each issue she considers.”
Strayer said she is honored by the opportunity.
“I look forward to continuing to serve Henry County in a new role. Henry County Public Schools is an excellent school system, and I want to continue to move student achievement forward,” she said in the release.
She joined HCPS in 1992 as a teacher at Bassett High School, a position she held for nine years. She served as assistant principal at Fieldale-Collinsville High School from 2001-2004 and was assistant principal at Bassett High School during the 2004-2005 school year following consolidation.
In 2005, she became principal at Collinsville Primary School and remained there until 2010, when she became director of secondary instruction, a position she held for three years before moving into her most recent role as director of K-12 instruction.
In her new position, Strayer will be responsible for curriculum design and development, instructional services, career and technical education programs, programs for gifted education, special education and student services.
She will coordinate and supervise pre-K through 12 curriculum design, instructional initiatives and programs, student assessment, school improvement planning and monitoring, and program evaluation in collaboration with community groups, administrators and educational partners.
Strayer has an education specialist degree in administration from the University of Virginia; a master’s degree in professional studies from George Mason University; and a bachelor’s degree from Radford University. She has a division superintendent license from the Virginia Department of Education as well as a postgraduate professional license in administration and supervision PreK-12, theater arts PreK-12, and history and social sciences.
She is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education, and the Virginia Department of Education Cooperative Learning Committee. She also is a member of the Patrick Henry Community College Advisory Board and Tech Prep Advisory Committee.
The release did not give Strayer’s salary in her new position.