Bedford County Public Schools will announce nine administrative appointments during a Bedford County School Board meeting May 9, including appointments to replace the principals at Liberty and Jefferson Forest high schools.
The appointments were approved by the Bedford County School Board during a special called meeting on May 1.
“We are all energized by the individuals appointed tonight to lead many of our schools next school year,” Superintendent Doug Schuch said after the meeting. “As well as the team we have assembled to provide support to our schools as we collectively reimagine education in Bedford County.”
According to a news release from the division, the appointments include:
Shawn Trosper will be the new Liberty High School principal. Trosper has been employed with the division since 2006 and worked as a teacher at Liberty High School for seven years before becoming the assistant principal at Staunton River Middle School in 2012. In 2016, he was named principal at Moneta Elementary School, where he served until 2018, when he became the first principal of Liberty Middle School. Trosper will replace Principal Kathy Dills, who announced in March she would not be returning to the school for the rest of the school year and will officially resign her position on June 30.
Brian Wilson will be the new Jefferson Forest High School principal. Wilson has been employed with the division for the past six years, serving as assistant principal at Bedford Middle School from 2013 to 2016, assistant principal at Liberty High School from 2016 to 2018 and principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School this year. Wilson will replace Principal Lee Ann Calvert, who will become the division’s first Director of Recruitment and Retention on July 1.
Jean Marie Johnston will be the new Liberty Middle School principal. Johnston has been employed by Bedford County Public Schools since 1995, serving 15 years as an English teacher and nine as assistant principal at Jefferson Forest High School. She will replace Trosper as principal of the new middle school.
Tim Overstreet will be the new Thomas Jefferson Elementary School principal. Overstreet has been employed with the division since 1994 as a chemistry teacher, athletic coach and academic coach at Liberty High School. During the past 12 years, he has served as assistant principal at Liberty High School, principal of Staunton River Middle School, principal of Liberty High School and the division’s director of instruction. He is replacing Wilson at Thomas Jefferson Elementary.
Kelly O’Neill will be the new Forest Middle School assistant principal. O’Neill has been employed with the division since 2003, serving as a Spanish teacher and assistant principal at Liberty High School.
Dawn Verhoeff will be the new Liberty High School assistant principal. Verhoeff is currently the division’s supervisor of science, foreign language and gifted and previously served as the assistant principal for Staunton River High School and worked for Franklin County Public Schools as assistant principal at Burnt Chimney and Boones Mill elementary schools.
Gennifer Miller will be the new director of childhood learning. Miller — a new hire for the division — began her teaching career in 2008 with Franklin County Public Schools, where she spent five years as an elementary special education teacher at Burnt Chimney and Glade Hill elementary schools. Miller moved into administration with Craig County Public Schools, where she spent five years as the principal at McCleary Elementary School and a year as the principal and athletic director at Craig County High School.
Beth Robertson will be the new associate director of student support services. Robertson has been with Bedford County Public Schools since 2003, serving 10 years as a school psychologist. Robertson has more than 26 years of experience in special education programming and was a school psychologist for Pittsylvania schools before coming to Bedford County.
Caroline Wray will be the new associate director of innovation. Wray is the current supervisor of personalized learning and has more than 26 years in education, formerly serving as an English teacher and former assistant principal at Staunton River Middle School.
All nine will be recognized at Thursday night's school board meeting.