|Division Executive Staff
|Superintendent - Dr. Rita Bishop
Dr. Rita D. Bishop has served as Superintendent of Schools since her return to Roanoke on August 1, 2007, after having served for three years as Superintendent of Schools in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Bishop served as Associate Superintendent for Instruction in Roanoke City Schools from 1994-2004. Prior to her arrival in Roanoke in 1994, Dr. Bishop was employed in the San Jose, California school division from 1969 to 1994 serving as teacher, counselor, vice principal, principal, interim director of personnel, administrator of special programs, and assistant superintendent for educational services.
Dr. Bishop holds a doctor of education in educational policy planning and administration from the University of Southern California, a master of arts in counseling psychology from the University of Santa Clara, and a bachelor of arts in English and speech from the University of Nevada.
Dr. Bishop’s career in education has resulted in numerous accomplishments. She is a recipient of the American Association of School Administrators Forrest E. Conner scholarship; a two-year University of Southern California Dean’s Off-Campus Scholar; recipient of the University of Southern California Dissertation Award of Merit; and the Roanoke YWCA 2004 Educator of the Year.
In 2013, VH1 Save the Music Foundation gave her the Administrator Award for Distinguished Support for Education. She is also Virginia's Superintendent of the Year for 2013.
Dr. Bishop is actively involved in the community participating on the boards of such organizations as the United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Foundation for Roanoke Valley, Roanoke Symphony, and Opera Roanoke.
Her focus as Superintendent is school safety; effective instruction, empowered teachers, and innovative curriculum; open and honest communication and development of an effective learning organization; increased graduation rate; and a school division known for management excellence and elegance.
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning - Dr. Matt Hurt
Dr. James Matthew Hurt holds a doctorate from East Tennessee State University. He also holds degrees from Radford University and Clinch Valley College (now the University of Virginia’s College at Wise). Before coming to Roanoke, he was the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Wise County Public Schools. He has also held positions as Director of Technology/Testing, Assistant Principal, and Special Education Teacher for Wise County Public Schools.
Deputy Superintendent for Operations
The department of Human Resources plans , develops and implements and organizational structure that promotes and supports success for all children through a system of shared decision making. The department also periodically guides comprehensive classification and compensation reviews, and provides an orderly system of compensation administration. The executive director develops strategic recruitment plans to include networking with outstanding institutions of higher education. The Human Resources department also provides support and facilitates organizational changes mandated by RCPS management.
Executive Director for 6 - 12 Instruction - Dr. Julie Drewry
Executive Director for K-5 Education - Mr. Greg Johnston
The Executive Director of K-5 articulates the missions, goals and objectives of RCPS to the elementary school communities. The Executive Director also provides leadership to the K-5 communities and their principals and assistant principals. The role of the Executive Director is to monitor the achievement of the Virginia Standards of Learning and ensure that all schools have necessary supplies, equipment, and instructional materials.
Greg Johnston has been with RCPS since 2000. He started as an assistant principal at Fairview Elementary. He later became a principal at Oakland Intermediate School and Monterey Elementary. Johnston holds degrees of Psychology, Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech.
Executive Director for Student Support Services - Yolonda Conaway-Wood
Yolanda Conaway-Wood joined Roanoke City Public Schools in August, 2013. She has been in education for more than 14 years. Previous positions include behavioral specialist, core teacher, language arts teacher, special education teacher, and assistant principal. Before coming to Roanoke, she was Supervisor for Student Services for Stafford County Public Schools.
Coordinator for Community Relations - Mr. Justin McLeod
Justin McLeod joined RCPS in August 2012. Previously, he was a reporter for WDBJ-7 in Roanoke. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Emerson College in Boston.
The primary role of the Department of Community Relations is to increase internal and external understanding, involvement and support of the goals of the school division through communication, relationship building, training and recognition.
Director for Research, Testing, and Evaluation - Ms. Jean Pollock
The department of testing coordinates the implementation of the state testing system for Roanoke City Public Schools. The department also evaluates and revises on a continuing basis the division’s testing methods and procedures to develop and maintain the best educational programs for the division. In addition, the director of testing is responsible for interpretation of the guidelines for No Child Left Behind to ensure necessary preparations for test administration and proper analysis of test results.
Executive Assistant to Superintendent and School Board Clerk - Mrs. Cindy Poulton
Mrs. Poulton has served as Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and School Board Clerk since July 1996. Prior to employment with Roanoke City Public Schools, she worked for 18 years as an executive assistant with Roanoke Memorial Hospitals. Mrs. Poulton holds the Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) designation and an associate degree from Virginia Western Community College. Responsible for day-to-day management of Superintendent's office functions and administrative support to the seven-member School Board.