03/19/2019 Release from Charlottesville City Schools:

(Harrisonburg, VA) Dr. Andrea Whitmarsh, Superintendent of Greene County Public Schools, has been named the 2018-19 Regional Superintendent of the Year for Region 5, which consists of 20 Virginia school divisions.

A native Virginian, Dr. Whitmarsh has served Greene County Public Schools for the past 16 years in various roles which have included elementary school principal, director of student accountability and achievement, assistant superintendent, and, most recently, superintendent since 2013.

Bedford County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Doug Schuch made the announcement early Tuesday, recognizing Dr. Whitmarsh at a meeting of Region 5 superintendents at the Rockingham County Public School division administration office.

“Dr. Whitmarsh is a leader with a remarkable sense of team spirit, and she is able to lead groups through challenging circumstances,” said Schuch, who is the 2017-18 Region 5 Superintendent of the Year and the president-elect of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS).

While at Greene County, Dr. Whitmarsh has been instrumental in a variety of new programs and initiatives, including a $28 million multi-phase facilities improvement project and Innovate 2021, a five-year plan that focuses on hands-on project-based learning and technology.

“Innovate 2021 was Andrea’s brainchild and has had a tremendous impact on our students and personnel,” said Greene County School Board Chair-at-large Harry Daniel. “She brought in instructional coaches for every school, which really made a difference in not only how we teach and the way our students approach instruction, but also in our teacher recruitment and retention.”

Dr. Whitmarsh also adopted and implemented Early College Scholars, one of her signature programs meant to ensure high school students could participate in local community college programs and classes.

“As soon as she became superintendent, she made it known that it was a priority for her for students to have an opportunity to earn an associate’s degree before graduating high school,” said Daniel. “This has been a win-win for all of us.”

In addition to her service within the school system, Dr. Whitmarsh has served the community of Greene County as vice-president and founding member of the Youth Development Council, a non-profit organization that provides after school and summer experiences to at-risk students. She is also a member of various community organizations including the Public Safety Foundation, the Art Guild of Greene, and the Greene Commons Board.

Dr. Whitmarsh’s contributions to public education also extend to higher education, where she has been an adjunct instructor for two Virginia schools--George Washington University and James Madison University-- and a member of the University of Virginia K-12 Advisory Board.

“She has earned the admiration and respect of her colleagues because of her great work both in her district and at the state level,” said Shouch.

Whitmarsh is now eligible to be considered for the Virginia State Superintendent of the Year.