Supervisor of Maintenance named inaugural Virginia School Plant Manager of the Year
Wade Beverly, supervisor of maintenance for Newport News Public Schools, has been named Virginia School Plant Manager of the Year by the Virginia School Plant Management Association (VSPMA). Beverly will represent Virginia and is eligible for the National School Plant Manager of the Year award.
Beverly was selected for the honor because of his commendable efforts and contributions to Newport News Public Schools and the school plant manager profession. Former NNPS Superintendent Ashby Kilgore said Beverly’s “work ethic, extensive knowledge of building best practices, practical approach to implementing solutions and his talent in bringing out the best work in others combine to make Wade a unique leader and asset to our school division.”
Beverly has worked for NNPS for 24 years in numerous positions in the plant services department, including carpenter, landscape shop supervisor and environmental health and safety supervisor. “It’s not every day a person has the opportunity to make such a dramatic difference in so many lives. From building renovations/improvements to general facilities maintenance, I am proud to be a part of a committed team that strives to provide an environment for staff and students that is comfortable, safe, healthy and clean,” says Beverly.
VSMPA’s mission is to “support and enhance the instructional process,” paying attention to learning environments, education for educational facilities professionals and networking amongst members to continually improve management, maintenance, energy management, housekeeping and environmental control within school divisions.
Newport News Public Schools recognizes two Nationally Board Certified Teachers
Matt Allen and Holly Sawyer are Newport News Public Schools’ newest Nationally Board Certified Teachers. For an educator, receiving national certification is a symbol of excellence in teaching and professional growth. These educators not only strengthen their profession, but also increase academic achievement and rigor in the classroom.
Allen is a fifth-grade teacher at Hilton Elementary School and Teacher of the Year for Hilton 2017-2018. He earned certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist and has been an educator for seven years and part of the Newport News school family for seven years.
Holly Sawyer is an English as a Second Language educator at Watkins Early Childhood Center. Sawyer is certified as an English as a New Language-Early and Middle Childhood English Language Development Specialist. She has nine years of experience as an educator and has worked in the school division for nine years.
National Board certification is the highest credential in the teaching profession. The certification process usually takes between one and three years to complete. These educators successfully completed the assessment process by preparing a career portfolio of good teaching practices, student work and multimedia examples. A reflective written component looks at teaching goals, methods and results. Candidates also have to pass an extensive series of rigorous written exercises.