Bios on new BCPS administrative appointments

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By Tom Wilmoth

The following administrative appointments have been approved by the Bedford County School Board. They will formally be recognized during Thursday night's regularly scheduled meeting.


JeanMarie Johnston

            JeanMarie Johnston has been named as Principal at Liberty Middle School. Ms. Johnston has been employed by Bedford County Schools since 1995, serving 15 years as an English teacher and 9 as an assistant principal at Jefferson Forest High School. Ms. Johnston earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 1995, a Master’s Degree in K-12 Supervision and Administration from the University of Virginia in 2010, and is currently working a Doctorate of Education in K-12 Policy, Planning, and Leadership from the College of William and Mary.


Kelly O'Neill

            Kelly O'Neill is a new Assistant Principal at Forest Middle School. Mrs. O'Neill has spent her entire 16 year career in education with Bedford County Schools as a Spanish teacher and Assistant Principal at Liberty High School, joining us in 2003. During her time at Liberty she has served as Spanish Club Faculty Advisor, Effective School-wide Discipline Chairperson, Foreign Language Department Co-Chairperson, Culture and Climate Team Leader, and Girls Track Coach and Girls Tennis Coach. Mrs. O'Neill has also served as the Bedford Middle School Summer Enrichment Program Coordinator, Liberty Zone Edgenuity Coordinator, BCPS Foreign Language Facilitator, and LHS Administrative Designee. Mrs. O'Neill graduated Summa Cum Laude while earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from Lynchburg College in 2003. She earned her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Lynchburg College in 2010. In 2013, Mrs. O'Neill was named Liberty High School Teacher of the Year, and went on that year to become one of the first-ever finalists for Bedford County Teacher of the Year.


Dr. Caroline Wray

            Dr. Caroline Wray, former Assistant Principal at Staunton River Middle School, and Supervisor of Personalized Learning is the new Associate Director of Innovation. Dr. Wray has been in education for over 26 years which includes stints as an English teacher and ELearning Coordinator/Virtual High School Creator, virtual principal, assistant principal, and learner.   Dr. Wray earned her Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University where she double majored in English and art. She earned her first Master’s degree in Humanities/Liberal Studies from Hollins University, her Education Specialist Degree from the University of Virginia and has her Doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


Dr. Shawn Trosper

            Dr. Shawn Trosper is the new Principal of Liberty High School. He has been employed by Bedford County Schools since 2006.  He began his teaching career at Liberty High and remained there for 7 years while also coaching baseball and basketball. In 2008, he received Virginia’s Economic Educator Award. In 2009, he was the Economic Educator of the Year for the region. In 2012, he was hired as the Assistant Principal at Staunton River Middle School and served in that position for four years. He previously served as the administrative representative for the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) committee and received the Leadership Award for personal excellence displayed with the PBIS program for the 2013-2014 school year. He was the principal at Moneta Elementary from 2016 to 2018. In April 2018, Dr. Trosper became the first ever principal of Liberty Middle School as they opened the new school in August 2018. Currently, Dr. Trosper is a member of the BCPS Bridges Out of Poverty Steering Committee, the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports and the Personalized Learning Policies Leadership Teams, and is on the BCPS Champions Committee. Dr. Trosper earned his Bachelor of Science degree in social sciences from Liberty University in 2006. He earned his Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from Liberty University in 2010. He earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Virginia Tech University in 2017.  His dissertation was called, “Safe School Building Characteristics in Virginia’s Elementary Schools: Architect and Principal Perspectives.” He also has served as an Instructor of Educational Leadership at Liberty University, teaching Advanced School Law in the Summer of 2017.


Dr. Gennifer Miller

            Dr. Gennifer Miller began her teaching career in 2008 with Franklin County Public Schools where she spent 5 years as an elementary special education teacher at Burnt Chimney and Glade Hill elementary schools. Dr. Miller then moved into administration with Craig County Public Schools where she spent 5 years as the principal at McCleary Elementary School and 1 year as the high school principal and athletic director at Craig County High School. Dr. Miller earned an associate’s degree in agriculture from Eastern Wyoming Community College. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in business, a master’s degree in special education, and educational specialist and doctoral degrees in educational leadership from Liberty University.


Beth Robertson

            Beth Robertson has been appointed as the Associate Director for Student Support Services. Mrs. Robertson served in a Special Services supervisory capacity with Bedford County from 2008 to 2014 and 2017 to 2019. She has been employed in Bedford County Public Schools since 2003 and has served 10 of those years as a School Psychologist. She has 26 years of experience serving in special education programming, having previously served as a school psychologist for Pittsylvania Schools before her time with us. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Pfeiffer University and her Master's and Educational Specialist degrees in School Psychology from Radford University. In addition to her years of direct student counseling services, Mrs. Robertson has been actively involved with division crisis intervention efforts, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support programs, Bullying Prevention and Suicide Prevention during her service time and is excited to be moving into a capacity with emphasis on mental and physical wellness for all learners.


Brian Wilson

            Brian Wilson has been named the Principal of Jefferson Forest High School. Mr. Wilson has spent 16 years in education. The last six years in Bedford County, serving as the Principal at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School since 2018, Assistant Principal at Liberty High School from 2016-2018 and Assistant Principal at Bedford Middle School from 2013-2016. Prior to his time in Bedford, Mr. Wilson served as a classroom teacher at Rustburg Middle School in Campbell County and as a classroom teacher at Monelison Middle School and Central Elementary School in Amherst County. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Education from Radford University in 2004 and earned a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from Liberty University in 2013.  


Tim Overstreet

            Tim Overstreet will be moving to Thomas Jefferson Elementary School as principal for the 2019-2020 school year. Mr. Overstreet has been employed by Bedford County Schools since 1994, and spent his first 13 years in the division as a Chemistry teacher, athletic coach, and academic coach at Liberty High School.  Over the last 12 years, Mr. Overstreet has served in a number of administrative roles, including Assistant Principal at Liberty High School; BCPS Supervisor of Math, Science and Gifted Education; Principal of Staunton River Middle School; Principal of Liberty High School; and his current role as the division’s Director of Instruction.  Mr. Overstreet is a former Liberty High School Teacher of the Year and was honored as the 2013 Virginia Student Council Association Secondary Principal of the Year. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College in 1993, obtained a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Lynchburg College in 2007.  Mr. Overstreet also obtained his Superintendent’s license in March of 2018, following the completion of doctoral coursework at Lynchburg College.


Dawn Verhoeff

            Dawn Verhoeff has been appointed as an assistant principal for Liberty High School. Previously, she has served our division as the Supervisor of Science, World Languages, and Gifted and as an assistant principal for Staunton River High School. Earlier in her career she worked for Franklin County Public Schools, where she was an Assistant Principal at Burnt Chimney and Boones Mill Elementary Schools. Prior to that, Ms. Verhoeff served as a teacher of Biology, Chemistry, and AP Chemistry for both Franklin County and Henry County Schools and as an adjunct professor for Patrick Henry Community College. Prior to becoming an educator, Ms. Verhoeff served in the United States Air Force with the 363rd Tactical Air Command. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Professional Science and Biology with a minor in Chemistry in 1997 from Ferrum College. She earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University in 2006. Ms. Verhoeff has completed all coursework for her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies through Virginia Tech and is presently working on her dissertation.