It’s official: James Blair Middle School will have a new principal for the 2019-20 school year.
The W-JCC School Board Tuesday night approved the appointment of Crystal Haskins as the principal of James Blair Middle School beginning at the start of the next school year.
“Mrs. Haskins is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and do the hard work to support students on their journey to success,” Superintendent Dr. Olwen E. Herron said in a news release announcing the hire. “Our community had the opportunity to see that first hand during Ms. Haskins’ time as a teacher and administrator in our own schools.”
Haskins is the principal of Dozier Middle School in Newport News where she led the school in earning SOL accreditation, according to the release. She began her career in 2004 as a classroom teacher, before moving into numerous administrative roles.
Haskins has previously worked for W-JCC schools as a seventh-grade teacher, minority achievement coach and student advancement coach at Toano Middle School, as well as serving as an assistant principal at Jamestown High School. Haskins’ career also included time as a teacher in Brunswick County Public Schools and as an assistant principal intern with York County Schools.
“I am passionate about establishing and sustaining a positive school culture. That is essential to move a school forward academically and for students to thrive emotionally,” Haskins said in the release. “I am positively committed to positive relationships, quality instruction and student engagement. Let’s reflect on where we are as a school community, build strong relationships among students, staff and stakeholders, and engage our students to overcome challenges and carry out our plan for success through quality instruction.”
Haskins holds a Bachelor of Arts from Christopher Newport University, a master’s from Regent University and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from George Washington University. She is pursuing her doctorate from Old Dominion University.
Haskins will officially take over at James Blair Middle School on July 1. Until then, W-JCC Schools Chief of Staff Dr. Corey Murphy will continue to serve as acting principal, a position he has held since February, after replacing Ty Harris, the former principal.
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