New Horizons Regional Education Centers Names Executive Director
During their regular meeting on May 22, 2018, the Board of Trustees of the New Horizons Regional Education Centers (NHREC) appointed Mr. Casey Roberts as the NHREC Executive Director. He will assume his duties July 1, 2018.
Having served our greater Hampton Roads educational community for the last 12 years, “The New Horizons Board is really excited to start working with Mr. Roberts. He is the right person to build on our successful relationships with local businesses to make sure our students have the technical skills and soft skills to be successful in today’s workplace,” said
Shelly Simonds, chair of the NHREC Board of Trustees.
As the current principal of Smithfield High School with the Isle of Wight County Public Schools, Mr. Roberts oversees the teaching and learning of over 1,200 students, grades nine through twelve. During his five-year tenure, he brokered a $3 million donation from Smithfield Foods to fund the development of new Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming, known as the Smithfield Foods Legacy Project. Through this donation the
school division has been able to expedite the development of programs such as welding, culinary arts, manufacturing, engineering and nursing. In addition to supervising the CTE program, Mr. Roberts implemented two major innovative initiatives: deeper learning instructional model and project based learning. Both of these initiatives have resulted in increased organizational capacity, significant professional development for teachers, and greater achievement among their students.
Mr. Roberts is a graduate of Hampton City Schools (HCS) and began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher at Kecoughtan High School (HCS). During his five years of teaching he served as a classroom management coach, professional development facilitator, state curriculum developer/assessment reviewer, and a research assistant with
the James Comer School Development Program at Yale University. In 2011, Mr. Roberts furthered his career with Virginia Beach City Public Schools as an instructional specialist and coordinator of secondary social studies education. After two years, he joined Isle of Wight County Schools as an assistant principal at Smithfield High School before being promoted to principal. In 2015, he was honored as the Instructional Leader of the Year for Isle of Wight County Schools.
Mr. Roberts’ vast experiences in the areas of education also include director positions for three boards – School Reform Initiative, Alumni Board of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and Hampton Roads Committee of 200+ Men. In addition, he has presented at national, state and university conferences and is affiliated with many professional associations.
Mr. Roberts completed his undergraduate studies in history and leadership studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, Virginia) and earned a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in teacher leadership from Regent University (Virginia Beach, Virginia). He holds an education specialist degree in educational leadership and administration and is currently completing his doctorate in
educational administration and policy studies from The George Washington University (Washington, D.C.). Additionally, Mr. Roberts has completed graduate level coursework at the Principal Institute at Harvard University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, The Center of School Transformation, and the SURN Principal Academy (The College
of William and Mary).
“We are looking forward to Mr. Roberts joining the New Horizons team,” said Superintendent of Hampton City Schools Dr. Jeffery Smith, who currently serves as the superintendent of record for NHREC. “His wealth of knowledge and strong experience at the secondary level will further enhance the educational programs and services that support our young people at New Horizons.”
As the Executive Director, Mr. Roberts will provide leadership, supervision, and strategic development for the regional program of the six participating Peninsula school divisions (Gloucester, Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg/JCC and York). He will lead the vision, implementation and coordination of the programs to include; Career and Technical Education Center, Governor’s School for Science and Technology, Center for Autism, Newport Academy, Center for Apprenticeship and Adult Training, Youth Workforce Center, and Family Counseling Center.
Mr. Roberts will join a team that is highly focused on effectively fulfilling the mission of New Horizons Regional Education Centers – to prepare students educationally, technically, and socially, according to each student’s needs, to become productive citizens.