RPS Appoints Four New Directors | Richmond Free Press

George Wythe High School in Richmond and three elementary schools will have new principals in the fall.

Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras has announced that Riddick T. Parker Jr. will be the new principal of George Wythe High School. He will replace Joseph Pisani, who became principal of the South Side school in 2019.

The three new acting primary school principals are Donalda Chumney at JB Fisher Elementary, Ebony Davis at Blackwell Elementary, and Rickeita Jones at Woodville Elementary.

They replace directors Cleveland Walton in Fisher, Teresa Anderson in Blackwell and Shannon Washington in Woodville.

All of the former directors are no longer with the district.

The new elementary school principals are acting appointments because they did not go through the community panel of the selection process, RPS officials said. All have experience as directors or deputy directors in RPS or in other districts.

Mr. Parker was a vice-principal at Armstrong High School, where he was instrumental in increasing the school’s graduation and attendance rates. He also previously worked for Baltimore City Public Schools, where he guided the development of innovative literacy programs and graduation pathways.

He received a bachelor’s degree in history and communication from the University of North Carolina before joining the San Diego Chargers of the NFL in 1995 and playing with the Seattle Seahawks from 1996 to 2000. His professional football career s ‘ended with the San Francisco 49ers in 2004.

Mr. Parker also obtained a Masters of Public Administration and Graduate Certificate in Curriculum, Teaching and Assessment from Walden University; and a Graduate Certificate in Educational Administration and Supervision from Johns Hopkins University.

A native of Richmond, Ms. Chumney was director of studies in Connecticut, director of a school district in New York, and director of a college preparatory college in the Bronx.

She began her teaching career in 2004 as a special education teacher for students with autism. She graduated from the School of Public Affairs at American University and received an MA in Urban Education from Temple University and an MA in Special Education and Childhood Education from Mercy College.

Ms. Davis served as the Deputy Principal of Highland Springs High School in Henrico, playing a critical role in improving the school’s on-time graduation rate. She was responsible for leading a team that helped students make academic advancements in science and vocational technical education.

Previously, she was a science teacher, dean of students, and deputy principal of various schools in Central Virginia. She received a BA in Chemistry from Norfolk State University, an MA in Education from Strayer University and an MA in Administration and Supervision from NSU.

Ms. Jones was vice-principal of Westover Hills Elementary School. She started her career as a science teacher with RPS, became head of the science department in Henrico County Public Schools and was head teacher of Meherrin Primary School in Southampton County.

Ms. Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Virginia Union University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Virginia State University.

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