After having served as acting principal since July, Howard E. Townsend, IV has been officially named principal of Jamestown High School.
Dr. Olwen Herron, superintendent of Williamsburg-James City County Schools, said there was nobody better suited to lead Jamestown than Townsend.
“As an instructional leader, he has high expectations for students and staff,” said Herron. “Just as important, he is eager to build the relationships and dedicate the time and resources to help each person be successful.”
Townsend’s appointment is effective immediately.
Townsend said the job was a dream come true.
“I am incredibly humbled to be named principal here at Jamestown High School, and very grateful that I get to work with not only a great group of teachers and staff, but dedicated parents and students as well,” said Townsend. “The big thing we have to do as educators, and what I hope to continue to do as principal, is to teach continuous learning, so that these young people, whether they go on to college, the workforce, the military, wherever they go, they continue to learn. High school is never the endpoint of that journey, just the next step.”
Prior to serving as the interim principal, Townsend served as an assistant principal at Jamestown and Lafayette high schools, and as a middle school English curriculum leader and as a middle school administrative intern in W-JCC Schools.
For Townsend, being named principal of Jamestown is deeply gratifying, since this was where his career as an educator began.
“This is where I completed my student teaching and where I began my career as an English teacher and coaching track back in 1998,” he said. “Jamestown has always held a special place in my heart, and it still does today.”
While Townsend credits Jamestown playing a major role in giving him a strong foundation as an educator, he also shared a story about how he played a small part in the school’s foundation as well.
“When I was a William and Mary student, one day, I was running through the neighborhood when I saw that the construction crew had recently poured concrete for the school.” He explained. “I ran over and wrote my initials in the wet pavement. Jamestown has been a part of my life ever since.”
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