Principal Appointments – I'm thrilled to announce the following principal appointments for the 2021-22 school year. Please join me in congratulating these wonderful leaders on their new roles!
George Wythe HS – Riddick T. Parker Jr. will serve as the new principal of George Wythe High School. Mr. Parker is an educational leader with more than 15 years of administrative experience in urban education. Prior to his appointment at Wythe, Mr. Parker served as an assistant principal at Armstrong High School where he played an integral role in increasing the school's graduation and attendance rates. Previously, Mr. Parker served as an education consultant for Baltimore City Public Schools where he guided the development of innovative literacy and graduation pathway programs. Mr. Parker earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina in history and communications; a master's degree in public administration and a graduate certificate in curriculum, instruction, and assessment from Walden University; and a graduate certificate in school administration and supervision from Johns Hopkins University.
J.B. Fisher ES – Donalda Chumney will serve as the interim principal of J.B. Fisher Elementary School. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Chumney worked as a chief academic officer in Connecticut, as a superintendent of a school district in New York City, and as the principal of a college-preparatory middle school in the Bronx. Ms. Chumney began her teaching career in 2004 as a special education teacher of students diagnosed with autism, an experience that shaped her commitment to creating welcoming, inclusive classrooms for all students, providing meaningful support for teachers, and cultivating partnerships with families. A native of Richmond, Ms. Chumney is an alumna of American University's School of Public Affairs and received a master's degree in urban education from Temple University, a master's in special education and childhood education from Mercy College, and a district leadership certification from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City.
J.H. Blackwell ES – Ebony Davis will serve as the interim principal of J.H. Blackwell Elementary School. Prior to this appointment, Mrs. Davis worked as an assistant principal at Highland Springs High School in Henrico County Public Schools. She played an integral role in improving the school’s on-time graduation rate and was responsible for leading a team that supported students in making academic gains in both science and CTE credentialing. Mrs. Davis has also served as a secondary science teacher, dean of students, and assistant principal at various schools in central Virginia. Mrs. Davis earned a bachelor’s of science in chemistry from Norfolk State University, a master’s of education from Strayer University, and a master’s in administration and supervision from Norfolk State University.
Woodville ES – Rickeita Jones will serve as the interim principal of Woodville Elementary School. Prior to this appointment, Mrs. Jones worked as the assistant principal at Westover Hills Elementary School. In this role, she supported students’ academic and social-emotional growth as well as teachers' professional learning. Mrs. Jones began her career as a science teacher in RPS, served as a department chair for science in Henrico Public Schools, and was the principal of Meherrin Elementary School in Southampton County, Virginia. She has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Virginia Union University and a master’s in educational leadership from Virginia State University.