NEW KENT – Longtime Williamsburg teacher and principal Byron Bishop has been hired as the New Kent County Public Schools Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
Bishop will replace Nate Collins, who left the position in June to become the principal at Gloucester County High School.
Bishop was previously a teacher at Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools for 6 years, where he taught math, English, science and history. He also coached tennis, girls' basketball, and football.
Bishop also served as the assistant principal at Berkley Middle School for three years and was the principal at James Blair and Lois S. Hornsby middle schools for seven.
Bishop received a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara. Soon after, he joined the Peace Corps and worked in Jamaica with an environmental organization.
Upon returning stateside, Bishop earned his Masters of Education degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Bishop and his wife then moved to Williamsburg and attended William & Mary, where she received her Masters of Education and he earned his PhD in Educational Planning Police and Leadership.
Since Bishop started in New Kent County a few weeks ago, he has been busy meeting with faculty and working on getting schools prepared to open on Tuesday, Sept. 2.
"I've been so impressed with the faculty and staff I have met," Bishop said. "The positivity is palpable."
"When I ask teachers about what is the best thing about NKCPS, the answer that rises to the top is, 'New Kent has the best students'," he added.
"If teachers have this perception about the students they teach, then the possibilities are endless."
Martin can be reached by phone at 804-885-0040.