May 10, 2018
The Appomattox County School Board, in regular session on Thursday, May 10, 2018, approved the appointment of Dr. Annette A. Bennett as Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1, 2018. Dr. Bennett, who began her affiliation with Appomattox County Public Schools in 1991 and has served as the Director of Curriculum & Instruction since August 2008, accepted the Board’s offer of a three-year contract.
A Charlotte County native, Dr. Bennett began her teaching career in Campbell County as a special education teacher in 1985. She has been employed by Appomattox County Public Schools for twenty-seven years in numerous administrative positions including assistant principal, Director of Remedial and Special Education, principal, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
Dr. Bennett earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education from James Madison University in 1985 and a Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from Lynchburg College in 1989; in 2017, Dr. Bennett earned the Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.
The strengths Dr. Bennett brings to the office of Superintendent include a wide variety of roles and experiences she has held in K-12 education and a 27 year-long commitment to our schools, our community, and our youth. She has introduced research-based instructional best practices that have resulted in significant increases in student achievement and led to regional, state, and national recognitions. Most recently she has worked collaboratively with teachers and administrators to lead ACPS to be the only Region 8 or Region 2000 school division to achieve full state accreditation status for 3 consecutive years.
Dr. Bennett has commented that “building on the strong foundation that Dr. Grasty has established, our school division has the potential to serve as a role model for school divisions in Virginia. Given our highly talented and committed staff who care for the wonderful students in our community, we can meet any challenge to make sure our students are ‘life-ready’, no matter what their future educational or career goals may be. I have no doubt, we have what it takes to create authentic, high-quality learning experiences that will prepare our students to compete on a global level.”
Dr. Bennett believes that engaged parents and a supportive community serves as the cornerstone for educating our students and is committed to creating and maintaining a collaborative and trusting environment for all stakeholders.
Dr. Bennett is married to Jim Bennett, a cattle farmer; they have two children, Dalton and Leighanne, who are both graduates of ACPS and Virginia Tech.
Bobby K. Waddell Chairman Appomattox County School Board