Stony Point Principal Leaving to be Chief Elementary Officer for SCPS

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Albemarle County Public Schools Press Release

(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – Carrie Neeley, who has served as the principal of Stony Point Elementary School since 2007, has been appointed the Chief Elementary Officer for Stafford County Public Schools. In her new role, Mrs. Neeley will oversee instruction for the division’s 17 elementary schools.

Mrs. Neeley will continue to serve as Stony Point’s principal until a successor is named. Dr. Matt Haas, Assistant Superintendent for Organizational and Human Resource Leadership for Albemarle County Public Schools, said the division will immediately begin a search process for a new principal, a process that will involve the local community. Dr. Haas said he expects that an appointment will be made by August 20, when the new school year begins.

During Mrs. Neeley’s tenure at Stony Point, the school was recognized four times by the National Title I Association for its exceptional student achievement; received the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence; and was named a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education for its progress in reducing environmental impact and cost, improving health and wellness, and delivering effective environmental education.

In 2013, Stony Point was one of the first schools in Albemarle County to institute a “maker curriculum” that advances hands-on learning throughout the school. The curriculum encourages students to work in teams to research, design, develop and construct projects as a way to promote creativity and problem-solving skills.

“This was a very difficult decision for me,” Mrs. Neeley said. “Stony Point is a wonderful, collaborative community, one that welcomes innovation, with uncommonly dedicated teachers and classified staff. They simply are terrific. At the same time, the position at Stafford offers me the opportunity to work directly with 17 schools and 12,000 students. It is a challenging responsibility, but one that has great promise and will allow me to expand the contributions I can make to young people,” Mrs. Neeley added.

Mrs. Neeley, who has 25 years of service in education, joined Albemarle County Public Schools in 2005 as an instructional coordinator for K-5 language arts programs. She became Stony Point’s principal two years later. She began her career as a teacher for Stafford County Public Schools in 1989.

“Carrie has been an exceptional leader for our school division, especially in leading the way towards more contemporary instructional models,” said Dr. Haas. “This is a well-earned promotion. We are proud of what she accomplished for our students and wish her the very best in this new career opportunity,” Dr. Haas said.

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