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Tazewell Co. Schools names new superintendent

Dr. Michaelene Meyer Dr. Michaelene Meyer

TAZEWELL (WVVA) - Tazewell County Schools has selected a new superintendent.

The appointment of Dr. Michaelene Meyer was announced during a school board meeting Wednesday morning in Tazewell.

Meyer currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at Manassas City Public Schools.

"I am thrilled to be named the new superintendent of Tazewell County Schools and look forward to working with the School Board in continuing the work of improving the educational program for the students of our schools," Meyer said in a written statement.

"Tazewell County has much to be proud of, including a very strong foundational education program and comprehensive improvement plan that will be respected and utilized to continue to bring the entire community together to prepare our students for successful entry into their futures."

Meyer is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelors of Science in Education, a Masters of Education in Administration, and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies (Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Leadership).

According to a news release, Meyer began her career as a special education teacher in Baton Rouge, La., then returned to Nebraska where she continued to teach both general and special education students before moving into supervision of special education programs and then into administration as an elementary principal serving in both rural and suburban school districts.  

In 1998 she relocated to Ohio where she began working as a school improvement specialist and for eight years traveled around the state working with schools that were identified as being in "academic failure" or "academic warning."  

For the past seven years she has served as deputy superintendent for Manassas City Public Schools, where she has guided the curriculum, assessment and instructional program Pre-K-12; as well as assisted with the school/district improvement planning and implementation process.

Meyer has been recognized as an outstanding educational leader by the Nebraska Association of Supervision & Curriculum (ASCD), the Ohio ASCD, and most recently the Virginia ASCD (2011 Curriculum Leader of the Year).  She is a member of ASCD, Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), Learning  Forward, American Association of School Administrators (AASA), and the National Reading Association. 

Meyer will succeed the retiring Dr. Brenda Lawson, effective July 1. Lawson announced her retirement late last year after serving more than four decades.

Meyer's contract with Tazewell County is for three years.

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