West Point principal moves into new technology director position

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WEST POINT — West Point Middle School Principal David Daniel will leave his position to serve as the school system's Director of Innovation and Technology Integration, according to a West Point Public Schools news release.

The West Point School Board has also named Nathan Leach — a former assistant principal at Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools and York County Public Schools — as the middle school's next principal.

Both men will take on their new roles on July 1, the news release said.

"We are all about making sure West Point stays on top with changes in education," Superintendent Laura Abel said.

According to the release, the position will involve:

• Expanding the school system's career and technical education offerings for both college-bound and non-college bound students, to ensure students have access to valuable industry certifications and "stackable credentials."

• Developing and expanding business and community outreach efforts to provide more "real world" learning experiences for West Point students.

• Collaborating closely with Rappahannock Community College to enhance and expand the system's early-college and dual enrollment course offerings.

• Organizing opportunities and experiences for West Point teachers to expand their knowledge and skills in integrating technology into their classroom instructional program, therefore increasing student engagement and supporting academic achievement for all students.

The incoming principal, Leach, is originally from a small town in western Pennsylvania. He played sports throughout grade school and college and participated in several clubs, the release said.

Leach earned a bachelor's degree in unified elementary and special education from Juniata College, in Huntingdon, Penn, and a master's degree in administration and supervision from the College of William and Mary.

Leach has also worked as a 5th grade teacher, a special education teacher, a department chair for special education, an assistant football coach and an assistant athletic director.

According to the release, Leach is married to an elementary school teacher, has two children that are ages 4 and 6 and two dogs.

Daniel is working to arrange a date for Leach to meet with the school staff and community, the release said.

Fearing can be reached by phone at 757-298-5838.

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