DATE: April 12, 2019
CONTACT: Phil Giaramita, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Officer
CATEC Director, Dr. Daphne Keiser, Appointed to Senior Leadership Role With Albemarle County Public Schools Leading Teacher, Administrator Recruitment
(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – Dr. Daphne Keiser, now the top administrator at CATEC as its director, has been appointed as the Director of Educator Quality for Albemarle County Public Schools. Dr. Keiser’s appointment is effective July 1. In her new senior leadership role, she will report to Lorna Gerome, the Director of Human Resources.
“Dr. Keiser’s impact as an innovative and results-oriented educational leader, both with Charlottesville City Schools and in the county, make her the ideal choice for such a critically important responsibility, one that will help shape the future quality of education in Albemarle County,” said Ms. Gerome.
Dr. Keiser will oversee and direct the school division’s faculty and administrator recruitment, its orientation program for new teachers and administrators, and succession planning for leadership positions at the school and central office levels.
“There are few executive decisions in any educational organization that have more influence on performance than the selection of teachers and administrators. Dr. Keiser’s experience and insight into the professional credentials and qualities that produce results for students will make her an immediate contributor to our division and to the students and families we serve,” said Dr. Clare Keiser, Assistant Superintendent for Organizational Development and Human Resource Leadership.
The best measure of how well one identifies outstanding educators are the career achievements of the one who is doing the identifying, the assistant superintendent said.
“Daphne Keiser’s outsized credentials include being named National Educator of the Year by the Milken Family Foundation; the multiple state awards that Burnley-Moran Elementary School earned while she was the school’s principal; and the impressive gains made by students at Clark Elementary School during her tenure as principal,” the assistant superintendent said.
Her credentials also include managing day-to-day licensure, recruitment, and staff development while with the King William County school division.
During Dr. Keiser’s tenure at CATEC, which serves students from both Charlottesville City and Albemarle County, the school added new centers of excellence in information engineering and technology and in health and medical services. The school also debuted a new apprenticeship program in partnership with several local businesses and earned a state grant for a summer pilot program that will extend apprenticeship opportunities to students as young as 16 years of age.
The school also earned grants that made possible a food bus for school and community events, utilizing the skills of students throughout the school in such disciplines as culinary arts, auto tech and auto body, planning, marketing, design, and computer systems.
“I’d like to thank our exceptionally talented staff at CATEC for the enthusiasm and energy they bring every day to improving the lives of our passionate students,” said Dr. Keiser. “An essential element in CATEC’s many achievements are the partnerships we have with staff, students, parents, and of course, the business community,” she added.
Looking ahead to her new role, Dr. Keiser said her 20 years in education have demonstrated that while schools or school divisions may differ, the qualities that make for outstanding teachers and administrators are the same.
“Caring, reflective, collaborative professionals who are eager about their work with students, their families, and community partners are vital,” she said. “The best educators are those who are well-versed in their content area as a start, but they also quickly become expert in building personal relationships, valuing research-based best practices, and solving problems. That always will be the optimal future path of education,” Dr. Keiser said.
Dr. Keiser is an undergraduate of Virginia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and Elementary Education. She earned her Master’s and Ph.D. from UVA in Administration and Supervision. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in Sussex County in 1994. Her experience includes research and supervisory positions at UVA and leadership roles in both Greene and King William counties. In 2003, she joined Charlottesville City Schools as an assistant principal at Walker Upper Elementary School.