Division Executive Staff  
 
Superintendent - Mrs. Verletta White

Mrs. Verletta White was appointed Superintendent of Roanoke City Public Schools effective July 1, 2020.  A results-driven, student-centered leader, Mrs. White always puts the needs of children first.  She has dedicated her life to public service, specifically to serving students, their families, and the community at large.  Mrs. White is an experienced and highly respected visionary leader.  Mrs. White often refers to Roanoke City as “the sweetest City on earth.”  She leads Roanoke City Public Schools, a beautifully diverse urban school system that serves nearly 14,000 students. 

Prior to her appointment as Superintendent of Schools, Mrs. White served the community of Baltimore County, Maryland, in a variety of roles.  Most recently, she served as a Consultant to the Superintendent in Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) to research factors impacting teacher recruitment and retention.  She also served as the Interim Superintendent of Schools for BCPS from 2017 to 2019. She describes herself first and foremost as a teacher and one who has dedicated her career to children. As superintendent, Mrs. White led the 25th largest school system in the nation, with a student enrollment of more than 114,000 diverse students, and more than 18,000 employees, including over 9,000 teachers. 

As both instructional leader and lead learner, Mrs. White has led change in almost every aspect of the school system in the various positions she has held.  Prior to becoming the interim superintendent, Mrs. White served as chief academic officer for BCPS, the instructional leader responsible for defining and communicating the instructional vision of the school system, while motivating a Division of more than 500 curriculum and student support staff.

Over the years, Mrs. White rose through the ranks of BCPS in the capacities of executive director of professional development; area assistant superintendent for the Northeast Area; and assistant superintendent for elementary schools. She also served as principal, assistant principal, and teacher mentor in BCPS. Mrs. White began her teaching career in 1992, as an elementary school teacher in Baltimore City, and transitioned to a teaching position in Baltimore County in 1995.

Mrs. White also served as an adjunct professor in school leadership for Goucher College in 2013, and is a state and national presenter on topics such as equity, professional development, the transformation of teaching and learning, and organizational leadership.

Mrs. White holds a bachelor of science degree in education from Towson University, a master of arts degree in leadership in teaching from the Notre Dame of Maryland University, and is currently a doctoral candidate in urban educational leadership at Morgan State University.

Mrs. White and her husband are the proud parents of two children, Victoria and Bethany, both graduates of Baltimore County Schools. 


Acting Chief Operations Officer – Mr. Chris Perkins

Chris Perkins joined Roanoke City Public Schools in 2018 and has previously served the division as Chief of Security.  Mr. Perkins received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Tennessee and master’s degree from Hollins University.  He also holds two graduate certificates from the University of Virginia. 

The Chief Operations Officer oversees all construction management, facilities, maintenance, transportation, safety and security, technology, food service, and other operational divisions as assigned.


Chief Financial Officer - Mrs. Kathleen Jackson

Kathleen Jackson joined Roanoke City Public Schools in 2006 and has served the division in a number of ways including grant writer, financial control specialist, accountant, budget analyst and as director of purchasing and financial control.  Mrs. Jackson received her bachelor’s degree from The College of William and Mary and her MBA from Virginia Tech.  In addition to working for the division, Mrs. Jackson is also the parent of two RCPS students.

The Chief Financial Officer oversees the functions of purchasing, accounting, budgeting, warehouse operations, and payroll.


Executive Director of Human Resources- Joyce Hatcher

Joyce Hatcher began her career with Roanoke City Public Schools on January 6, 2020 as the Executive Director of Human Resources. The Executive Director of Human Resources provides leadership and supervision for the operation and administration of the Human Resources Department. 

Hatcher earned a Bachelor’s of Art in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina and her Masters of Science in Human Resources/Business Industries from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Executive Director of Special Education- Hayley Poland

Hayley Poland joined Roanoke City Schools in 2014 and previously served as the Director of School CounselingMs. Poland received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from East Tennessee State University. She also earned an Education Specialist degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Ms. Poland serves on the Membership and Awards committee for the Virginia Council of Administrators of Special Education (VCASE). She was awarded the 2017 Golden Halo Educator Award by Children’s Trust for her work to the cause of child abuse prevention, intervention and advocacy.

The Executive Director of Special Education is responsible for planning, administering and directing the division's programs under the IDEA and Section 504. The Executive Director is also responsible for the child-find process for RCPS.

Executive Director of School Improvement - Dr. Julie Drewry 

Dr. Julie Drewry is a proud graduate of both Patrick Henry High School and the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School.  She returned to Roanoke City Schools to teach mathematics at the Governor’s School in 1993.  Since that time, she has served  as Assistant Principal of Patrick Henry High School, Supervisor of Mathematics, Executive Director for 6-12 Instruction, and Executive Director for School Improvement.  Dr. Drewry holds degrees from the College of William and Mary, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

The Executive Director for School Improvement works with all schools who are in school improvement with the Department of Education.  She supervises the RCPS truancy and attendance program.  She also provides leadership for secondary schools, including the two alternative programs, assisting their principals, directors, and assistant principals in monitoring the achievement of the Virginia Standards of Learning and ensuring that all schools have necessary supplies, equipment, and instructional materials.  In addition, she works to improve the graduation rate and monitors student progress toward graduation. 

Executive Director for K-5 Education - Mr. Greg Johnston

The Executive Director of K-5 articulates the missions, goals and objectives of RCPS to the elementary school communities. The Executive Director also provides leadership to the K-5 communities and their principals and assistant principals. The role of the Executive Director is to monitor the achievement of the Virginia Standards of Learning and ensure that all schools have necessary supplies, equipment, and instructional materials.
 
Greg Johnston has been with RCPS since 2000. He started as an assistant principal at Fairview Elementary. He later became a principal at Oakland Intermediate School and Monterey Elementary. Johnston holds degrees of Psychology, Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech.

Executive Director for Student Support Services - Dr. Timothy Hahn

Dr. Hahn joined Roanoke City Public Schools (RCPS), in 2018 as the Executive Director of Student Services. Mr. Hahn has over twenty years’ experience in education, serving in public and private school divisions prior to joining RCPS. Dr. Hahn received a double major in Physical Education and Sports Management from Liberty University; a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Virginia, and his Educational Specialist and doctoral degree from Liberty University.

The Executive Director of Student Services oversees Student and Occupational Health, Beyond Anger Management, bullying, Therapeutic Day Treatment Services, student discipline, substance abuse counseling, the student code of conduct and has oversight of the principal of the Roanoke Valley Juvenile and Detention Center.


Executive Director of School Counseling and Equity- Taisha Steele

Taisha Steele is proud graduate of Roanoke City Public Schools (RCPS) and William Fleming High School. She has been in her current position since 2017. Taisha oversees the delivery of a comprehensive school counseling program for all students and advances equity and diversity initiatives by working collaboratively with district leadership and other community stakeholders. She championed trauma-informed practices at RCPS, which means being sensitive to trauma, and providing a safe, stable, and understanding environment for students and staff. Ms. Steele holds a Masters of Education in Counseling and an Education Specialist Degree in Education Leadership and Policy Studies.

Director of Public Relations and Marketing- Justin McLeod

Justin McLeod joined RCPS in August 2012. Previously, he was a reporter for WDBJ-7 in Roanoke. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Emerson College in Boston.  He leads the Community Relations Department.  The goal of the department is to work with community groups to assist teachers and meet the needs of students.

Mr. McLeod serves on the board of Roanoke Valley Television (RVTV) and is a past member of the Grandin Theatre Foundation. 


Director for Data and Analysis -Michael Trussell

Michael Trussell has been in his current position since 2018. As the Division Director of Testing, Michael serves as the point of contact between the school division and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and has the division wide responsibility for maintaining all aspects of testing administration and test data collection.  Mr. Trussell serves as the liaison for multiple offices to collaborate, analyze, and take action upon data obtained from multiple sources. The data is used to inform school system decisions that will improve student outcomes. He provides informative, actionable, and transparent data for all internal and external stakeholders. Mr. Trussell is continuously building and refining data solutions to meet the growing needs of Roanoke City Public Schools. Michael holds a bachelor's degree from James Madison University. 


Technology Support Coordinator - Britt Simmons

Britt Simmons joined Roanoke City Public Schools in March 2001 and has served in several different positions within the Department of Technology including Electronics Technician, Systems Administrator and Senior Network Engineer.  Mr. Simmons received a degree in IT Management from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Mr. Simmons is the father of two current RCPS students.

The Technology Support Coordinator is responsible for making sure that all staff and students have access to functional computer hardware and software to successfully empower instruction as well as administering, planning, and directing division technology needs.


Executive Assistant to Superintendent and School Board Clerk - Mrs. Cindy Poulton

Mrs. Poulton has served as Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and School Board Clerk since July 1996. Prior to employment with Roanoke City Public Schools, she worked for 18 years as an executive assistant with Roanoke Memorial Hospitals. Mrs. Poulton holds the Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) designation and an associate’s degree from Virginia Western Community College. She is responsible for day-to-day management of the Superintendent's office functions and performs duties in the legal capacity of Clerk to the seven-member School Board.


 

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