School Board Approves Appointment of New Principal for Crozet Elementary School; Interim Principal for Scottsville

A portrait of Dr. Staci England (left) and Art Stow (right)

At its meeting last evening, the School Board approved the appointment of Dr. Staci England as the new principal of Crozet Elementary School. England, who has served as the principal of Scottsville Elementary School since 2018, succeeds Gwedette Crummie, who retired from the school division last month. The school division said that Art Stow, Stone-Robinson Elementary School’s associate vice principal, will move to Scottsville as the interim principal.

England will be leading a school that will be much different from the facility that opened more than 30 years ago and was built to accommodate fewer than 400 students. Over the past three decades, the school’s enrollment has been relatively stable. The new Crozet that will open in August, however, will be larger by 35,000 square feet with a building addition that includes 17 new classrooms, three resource classrooms and expanded cafeteria and library spaces. The school’s capacity will increase to 680 students, including 219 former Brownsville students who earlier this year were relocated to Crozet.

“I would like to thank all the members of the Crozet school community who offered their opinions during our highly successful search process,” said Dr. Clare Keiser, an assistant superintendent. “Dr. England brings to Crozet extensive experience in our division at both the elementary school and middle school levels. I know Crozet families, students and staff will find her strongly committed to developing close partnerships. She is an innovative leader who is passionate both about expanding new learning experiences that drive student achievement to higher levels and in removing barriers to learning,” Keiser said.

In her new role, England will be guiding Crozet through a transition not unlike the transformation she led at Scottsville, which underwent its own facility expansion last fall and in recent years, has seen its enrollment increase with the relocation of students from the former Yancey Elementary School.

“Crozet has long been an inspirational learning center in our division and it is about to become even more exceptional with the addition next month of new students and staff,” said England in a message to her new school community. “My goal is to build upon all of the strengths, talents and resources that distinguish Crozet and make it such a vibrant, creative community, totally dedicated to student success,” she added.

As Scottsville’s interim principal, Stow will be returning to a part of the county with which he is well familiar. For 13 years, between 2005 and 2018, he was the principal of nearby Red Hill Elementary School, where he led that school through a facility expansion. A champion of innovating programming, Stow was an early advocate of a curriculum that emphasized the importance of project-based learning for elementary school students. In 2018, he moved to Lakeside Middle School as its associate principal before joining Stone-Robinson this past school year in the same role. At both schools, he was a mentor to new principals.

“We are fortunate to be able to call upon the leadership of such an experienced administrator as Art Stow, who will continue to move Scottsville forward,” said Keiser. “His collaborative style and his priority on knowing the learning style of every single student is a perfect match with the Scottsville school community,” she said.

“Having had the privilege and the sheer joy of leading Red Hill for 13 years, Scottsville feels like coming home,” Stow said. “The passion that communities in our part of the county have for supporting students, the energy and creativity of our teachers and staff and the value we all place on building strong and uplifting partnerships have made Red Hill and Scottsville unique places in our division for caring and excellence,” Stow said.

England began her career in education in Utah as a university teaching assistant, and her first position in Virginia was directing youth development programs for 4-H. Previously, she taught science for seven years. England received her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, her master’s degree from Utah State, and both her Education Specialist (Ed.S.) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia.

Stow began his career in education 37 years ago as a kindergarten teacher with the Polk County School District in Florida. He joined Albemarle County Public Schools in 1992 as a fifth-grade teacher at Brownsville Elementary School, also taught at Agnor-Hurt, Brownsville and Hollymead elementary schools and was an assistant principal for Henley Middle School. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida Southern College and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from James Madison University.

Stow is serving as Scottsville’s interim principal for one year. Keiser said the division will begin a search process for a new principal early next year and that an important part of the search process will be providing opportunities for all Scottsville school community members to participate.

Pictured: Staci England (left) and Art Stow (right)

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