Welcoming a new cohort of teachers and a new school year

Dr. Haas welcomes new teachers to ACPS and shares a few other updates with the community. 

New ACPS teachers, I hope you know you are joining a teaching staff that ranks among the best in Virginia. According to the Niche rankings, based on rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education, along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users, our teachers consistently earn an A!

Jennifer Underwood, principal of Meriwether Lewis, shared this welcoming poem for new teachers from Meriwether’s Lead Custodian and Poet in Residence, Dan Arrington:

To all the new teachers here at Meriwether Lewis, welcome to the nest

You will soon come to realize you are nesting with the best

Our dear old mother blue bird has finally come back home

Underwood they call her, nevermore will she roam

So work hard and diligent and try to get everything done

But also take plenty of breaks and have a little fun.


What a great way to welcome all of our new teachers across the county! Thank you, Dan!

Video Spotlight

A big thank you again to all of our employees who made summer programming happen this summer. Here is a link to a one-minute video/slideshow summing up the program: Summer School 2021

Also, check out this media report that includes quotes from Stony Point and Stone-Robinson principals, Maureen Jensen and Angela Stokes, who talk about the importance of our talent development model: Albemarle County Public Schools welcomes 6 new principals

And this story featuring our Chief Technology Officer, Christine Diggs, and our Manager for Digital Equity & Learning, Bert Jacoby, who address the importance of digital equity: Albemarle County schools gain new technology for digital equity

Operations Update

Speaking of digital equity, I am sharing an infographic that Dr. Diggs shared with me that depicts the relationship between effective student technology use and equitable outcomes: Digital Equity: Student Technology Use for Equitable Outcomes 

Thank you, Dr. Diggs!