New assistant superintendent for WPS and new principle for James Wood announced

Winchester Public Schools (WPS) announced by email the appointment of a new assistant superintendent.

Jennifer Buckley has been appointed to the position to replace the retiring Dr. April Bruce.

Buckley has been an educator for over a decade and most recently served as Director of Student Services in the WPS system.

Buckley looks to expand her presence in the division in her role as assistant superintendent.

Meanwhile the Frederick County School Board announced Shelly Andrews as the new principal of James Wood High School at a recent meeting.

Andrews has served as James Wood’s assistant principal for the past six years and will succeed Sam Gross who is retiring.

She brings with her thirteen years experience as a teacher at Sherando High School and nine years as an assistant principal with the first three at James Wood Middle School.

Following the announcement, Andrews said, “I was equal parts ecstatic to serve the community I love in this important position and conscious of the great responsibility of it as well.”

To connect with the James Wood family, she is setting up an engagement calendar to meet with any interested members of the school community.

The first appointments begin on July 8th and sign ups are now available by calling the James Wood office at 540-667-5226.

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SU president wins Virginia Business Women in Leadership Award

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Shenandoah University President Dr. Tracy Fitzsimmons is a recipient of the 2022 Virginia Business Women in Leadership Awards.

She will be featured on the cover of the Virginia Business July ’22 issue.

Dr. Fitzsimmons was awarded in the large business category and selected from more than 300 nominees.

She was chosen based on her overall career accomplishments, mentoring work with women and girls, and community engagement.

Dr. Fitzsimmons is the first female president in SU history as well as the vice-chair for Shentel’s board of directors, secretary of the Loudoun Education Foundation, and member of the GO Virginia Region 8 Council.

Reflecting on the award, Dr. Fitzsimmons said, “I am honored to have been included among such an inspiring group of women leaders. But more importantly, I am mindful that this award is really about the strength, creativity and vision of the whole SU community.”

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