Jennifer M. Smith

Jennifer M. Smith

The Goochland County School Board last night voted unanimously to appoint Jennifer M. Smith as principal of Goochland Middle School.

She succeeds Johnette Burdette as principal, who resigned last month.

Smith, a native of Amherst County, completed her Bachelor of Arts at Sweet Briar College, her Master’s in Education at Lynchburg College, and her Education Leadership Post-Master’s Certification at Virginia Commonwealth University.

She brings with her 16 years of experience in education, with five years at the higher education level at three private colleges in Virginia.

She worked for nine years in Henrico County Public Schools as a school counselor and Director of School Counseling at Varina High School.

She joined Charlottesville City Schools in 2011 as the Assistant Principal of Student Learning. As an administrator she has supervised various

Departments, including English, Science, CTE, School Counseling, Reading and ESL.

At the district level Smith is the Project Manager for the division Program of Study publication and has assisted the division with implementation of the PVCC Associate’s Degree program at the high school.

“I am honored to have been selected as the new principal for Goochland Middle School,” said Smith. “Goochland Middle School has a reputation as one of the best schools in the region and I am proud to lead the phenomenal faculty. I cannot wait to meet the teachers, students and parents in the near future as we work together to continue on their pathway towards success and excellent teaching and learning.”

“We are ecstatic that Smith has been selected as our next principal at GMS,” said Dr. James Lane.

“In each round of the interview process, Smith showed that she was the top candidate for the position and we believe she is going to be an amazing leader for our school.”

Smith was selected from 24 applicants after three rounds of interviews. The process included a panel of teachers, parents, and administrators in the division along with a full-faculty presentation.

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