Rockingham County Public School Board Appoints Director of Innovation and Learning
The Rockingham County Public School Board is excited to introduce Dr. Larry Shifflett as the new Director of Innovation and Learning for the school division. Dr. Shifflett began his career with Rockingham County Public Schools in 1997 as a social studies teacher and coach at Wilbur S. Pence Middle School. He served in this role for five years before becoming a school administrator in 2002. After working for one year as an administrative intern at Peak View Elementary School, Dr. Shifflett served four years as assistant principal at Montevideo Middle School. In July 2007, he was appointed as principal of South River Elementary School. During his tenure, the school became one of the most decorated in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These recognitions include: National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award in 2012, Highly Distinguished Title I Award in 2013, Distinguished Title I Award in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2014, Governor’s Award of Educational Excellence in 2009, and the Board of Education’s Excellence Award in 2011.
Dr. Shifflett is a 1990 graduate of Spotswood High School. He graduated from James Madison University in 1995 as a history major and later returned to JMU to earn his Master’s in Education, with a concentration in middle school, in 1999. Recently, Dr. Shifflett completed his Doctorate of Education degree from The Curry School of Education at The University of Virginia. While a student at UVA, he was honored with the William H. Seawell Memorial Award in 2012.
As Director of Innovation and Learning, Dr. Shifflett will provide visionary leadership to the instructional programs in Rockingham County Public Schools, helping to implement and enhance innovative ideas that will prepare students for life and careers in the 21st century. In this role, Dr. Shifflett will join with other division leaders to implement the School Board initiative of “Digital Conversion”. In this program, to be implemented over the next five years, the School Board is committed to providing a technology device, such as a laptop computer or tablet, to every teacher and student in grades 3-12. Digital learning, along with progressive instructional practices, will transform the Rockingham County Schools and create learning environments that are even more connected, relevant, collaborative and personalized to meet the needs of students.