Curriculum director reaches out

Posted: July 19, 2014

Cathy Seal

Garthia Elena Halbert

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — The new director of curriculum and instruction for the Clarke County schools is asking the community for help in establishing goals for the division.

Schools Superintendent Chuck Bishop announced this week that Cathy Seal was appointed to the post at a salary of $99,480.

The school system serves about 2,000 students, and Seal said her first order of business is an “immersion” process. She will meet with educators, parents and community members to hear their thoughts on the district’s strengths and areas for improvement.

“The school system and the students we serve are all constantly evolving, so it’s important to take that time with all our stakeholders,” Seal said in a phone interview on Friday.

Her current focus is on implementing economics and personal finance requirements at the high school level and increasing math scores at the elementary level.

Also on the priority list is enhancing career and technical studies and dual enrollment. Through dual enrollment, students can earn college credits while still in high school.

Seal most recently served as coordinator of technical education for Hanover County Public Schools.

She was the first director of the Massanutten Regional Governor’s School and also served as the supervisor of administrative services with the Harrisonburg City Public Schools and as a middle school teacher in Page County.

Seal has a doctorate from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, a master’s degree from Shenandoah University and a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University.

“We are very fortunate to find someone with the level of experience that Dr. Seal brings to the position of director of curriculum and instruction,” Bishop said in a division press release. “She has served in many different capacities during her career, and we look forward to having her expertise in Clarke County.”

Seal succeeds Lisa Floyd, who left Clarke County to accept a position as deputy director of the Department of Juvenile Justice. Seal was chosen over 22 other candidates seeking the position.

She encouraged local residents to contact her via email at sealc@clarke.k12. va.us or at the Clarke County Public Schools central office at 540-955-6100.

— Contact Garthia Elena Halbert at ghalbert@ winchesterstar.com