Albemarle County Schools
(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – Three assistant principals for Albemarle County Public Schools have been appointed for the next school year. The new assistant principals will serve Baker-Butler Elementary School in the county's northern feeder pattern and two schools in the county's western feeder pattern—Brownsville Elementary School and Henley Middle School.
The appointments in the west reflect the strong growth trends in Western Albemarle that have driven local enrollments to high levels. Brownsville, with nearly 700 students, has the largest student population of any of the county's 16 elementary schools, and Henley's 773 students are the most for any of the division's five middle schools.
Wendy Eckerle, who has served Brownsville/Crozet as a summer school principal and who also has taught at Brownsville and Meriwether Lewis elementary schools since 1997, will move up to become Brownsville's newest assistant principal. Ms. Eckerle is among a select group of three percent of all teachers in the country who have earned National Board Certification. She also has been recognized by Phi Delta Kappa, an international association of professional educators, as teacher of the year, and she received a Golden Apple Award for her innovative classroom programming.
The new assistant principal at Henley will be Ashby Johnson, currently the AVID, Intervention and Testing Coordinator at Jouett Middle School. Ms. Johnson was among the leadership team at the school that successfully competed for Demonstration School status for AVID, a program that teaches college and workforce readiness skills. Only two percent of all AVID programs in the world earn Demonstration School status. Ms. Johnson began her career with Albemarle County Public Schools in 2001 as an instructional assistant and has taught Language Arts and special education at Sutherland Middle School.
The third new assistant principal is Katy Elmore Compel. She will succeed Sue Newman, who is retiring. Currently an elementary school assistant principal in Prince William County, Ms. Compel has served in administrative positions at the division's central office and school levels for six years. She also taught special education at Chantilly High School in Fairfax County and at Osbourn High School in Prince William County.
"These are three highly focused and experienced professionals dedicated to developing within our students those key competencies for 21st century success in school and the workplace," said Clare Keiser, Assistant Director of Educator Quality for the division. "At the same time we welcome these leaders to their new responsibilities, we recognize Sue Newman for her invaluable contributions and distinguished service to our students," Ms. Keiser added.
Ms. Eckerle is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She received her Master's in Education from Walden University. Ms. Johnson is a James Madison University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English, and she received her Master's in Teaching from Mary Baldwin College. Ms. Compel received her Bachelor's in Psychology from Mary Washington College, a Master's in Education from James Madison University, and a Master's in Educational Leadership from Regent University.
All appointments are effective July 1.