The Norfolk Education Foundation (NEF) is proud to announce and welcome Karen Tanner as the new Executive Director of the Norfolk Education Foundation. In this new role, she will be responsible for leading the NEF in fund development, building partnerships with businesses and the community to drive investment back into public education.
Karen Tanner is a communications professional with over 22 years of strategic communications, promotions, marketing, fundraising, grants, and management experience with an emphasis in school communications, nonprofit management, leadership, and board development. She served as Norfolk Public Schools’ Public Relations Coordinator for 19 years fostering internal and external communications, event planning, and currently serves as President of Hampton Roads Haven, a local homeless shelter for women.
Joshua Anderson, NEF Board Chair, states, “We believe she is the perfect fit and provides a seamless transition to the Norfolk Education Foundation as she’s worked alongside our previous Executive Director Carlos Clanton with promotions, planning, and special events. Her institutional knowledge of NPS, marketing, promotions, and non-profit management experience gives us the confidence she will be successful in this new role.”
She combines years of experience in public relations, leadership on community boards and organizations that adds to the wealth of her knowledge and relationships to continue the mission of the NEF to serve as community champions for public education so that all students have the opportunity to succeed.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Carlos Clanton at (757) 628-1172 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
# # #
The Norfolk Education Foundation's (NEF) 10th Anniversary and Distinguished Alumni Awards event was a huge success as they honored eight NPS alumni for their contributions in academics, politics, sports, law and real estate. The 2016 Distinguished Alumni are as follows: Hon. Alveta V. Green, Kam Chancellor, Kim P. Georges, Leonard E. Parson, Hon. Wilhelmina M. Wright, Dr. Noëlle M. Gabriel, Bruce Smith and the Hon. Daun S. Hester.
Torrion Espree, a Norview High School senior and School Board student representative, did an outstanding job as the master of ceremonies, along with Norview High School senior Jack Whitelaw, who sang the National Anthem to kick off the evening gala.
The “O” Band and NPS’ Strolling Silver Strings provided musical entertainment while guests dined and participated in an online auction to benefit the NEF. Carla Howard, NEF board member and 2016 Gala Chair, thanked corporate sponsors from Hampton Roads Ventures, RRMM Architects, Elizabeth River Crossing, Virginia. Natural Gas, and Electronic Systems, Inc. for their support of this event.
NEF Executive Director Carlos Clanton shared that this will be the last TIE awards event, but there will be an even greater way to honor the alumni and other NEF initiatives through a weekend celebration that will garner much more support from business and community partners.
Upcoming initiatives the NEF is embarking upon is the revitalization NPS’ Camp Young facilities and providing continued support of the Norfolk Council of PTAs through the J. Frank Sellew Scholarship fund for five high school seniors.
To learn more about how you can support the NEF, go to www.norfolkedfoundation.org.
Dr. Melinda Boone was selected as the next superintendent of Norfolk Public Schools at today’s school board meeting. Her new position will be effective December 1, 2015. Dr. Boone has more than three decades of experience in education and since 2009 has served as superintendent of Worcester Public Schools, the third largest urban school district in Massachusetts. The majority of Dr. Boone’s experience is in Virginia, including eight years with Norfolk Public Schools, where she served as chief academic officer from 2005 to 2009 and executive director of elementary schools from 2001 to 2005. Additional experiences include serving as assistant superintendent for educational services, coordinator of pupil personnel and testing, director of special education/pupil services, supervisor of special education, and speech language pathologist.
“I am honored to be selected as superintendent of Norfolk Public Schools,” said Dr. Boone, “There is no greater honor than to be called back home to serve and lead in the community that has meant so much to me professionally and personally. Norfolk Public Schools provided me the opportunity to further develop and refine my leadership skills in running an urban district and best practices in school turnaround. Those experiences played a significant role in the success experienced in Worcester Public Schools. I am very excited about collaborating with the School Board, principals and teachers to raise the level of student achievement and community confidence in its public schools. Working together with the community, we will create greater opportunities for the youth of this city!”
Dr. Boone’s leadership has resulted in:
Dr. Boone has received numerous professional and community awards including the President’s Award from the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, Community Leadership Award from the Odd Fellows and Rebekah Assembly, and the YWCA Katherine Erskine Award for Women’s Leadership in Education.
The Norfolk School Board began its nationwide search for a new superintendent in April with the assistance of the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA). Dr. Boone was selected after a comprehensive review of 36 applicants from 16 states and the District of Columbia, including 18 current or former superintendents. Rodney Jordan, chairman of the Norfolk School Board, believes Dr. Boone will be a great fit for the division. “Visionary, experienced, home grown, expertise in curriculum and instruction, track record of developing strong community and business involvement in schools… these were just some of the qualifications Norfolk said we wanted in our next superintendent. Dr. Boone comes back home to us with all of those and more. We will commit ourselves to a highly effective working relationship with Dr. Boone and she with teachers and administrators committed to success of all our students.”
Dr. Boone earned a doctorate in educational administration from the College of William and Mary, a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from Old Dominion University, a master of arts in audiology from the University of Illinois, and a bachelor of arts in communication disorders from Hampton University. Dr. Boone is the proud mother of two daughters who have strong connections to Norfolk Public Schools. Regina is a former teacher in the district; Alyssa is a graduate of Norfolk Public Schools; and her son-in-law, James, is also a NPS graduate. She has one granddaughter, Jayden.
By: Beena Raghavendran
April 15, 2015 - 5:47 PM
Obama nominates Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Wilhelmina Wright for federal judge seat
President Barack Obama nominated Justice Wilhelmina Marie Wright to serve on the U.S. District Court for Minnesota Wednesday.
Wright has served for 15 years on all levels of the Minnesota courts — as an associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court since her 2012 appointment by Gov. Mark Dayton, a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals from 2002 to 2012, and a trial judge on the Ramsey County District Court in St. Paul from 2000 to 2002. Wright is a Harvard Law School and Yale University graduate.
“She has a long and distinguished record of service, and I am confident she will serve on the federal bench with distinction,” Obama said in a White House release.
She was nominated after U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken recommended her nomination for federal district court judge in February. She would fill the seat of Chief Judge Michael J. Davis, who will step down from active service on Aug. 1.
“The job of a federal judge is an exceptionally important position that requires someone with a diverse record of experience and an unwavering commitment to the fair and just application of the law,” Franken said about Wright. “With decades of legal experience and a strong background as a public servant on both the state and federal levels, Justice Wright is well-qualified to serve Minnesota on the U.S. District Court.”
Davis is the only black federal judge in Minnesota history. Wright is the first African American woman to serve on the State Supreme Court, and would be the second black federal judge.
“Justice Wright has it all: a brilliant legal mind, an enormous breadth of experience, and a commitment to justice and public service,” Klobuchar said. “I was proud to recommend her for this position and know she will serve Minnesota with the same distinction that has marked her entire career.”
Wright will help carry the federal bench’s diversity and will probably be confirmed sometime this year, said Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond law professor who has studied the judicial selection process.
“You never know what can happen, but I would doubt that she’s going to be controversial,” he said.
Wright is also a Lake Taylor High School graduate from Norfolk, Virginia
The Superintendent's State of the Schools Address is now on YouTube: http://youtu.be/YKEewlbtlCc
Please find below some Web addresses that could provide attendees more information about the items Dr. King mentioned in his speech:
Click here to view the entire speech. The Norfolk Public Schools Five-Year Strategic Plan, which is in the process of being updated: http://www.npsk12.com/files/sp/nps5yrPlan.pdf
The Norfolk Public Schools Transformation Initiative: www.npsk12.com/transformation
The Norfolk Public Schools DeJONG-RICHTER “Refresh NPS” Educational Facilities Planning Study: www.npsk12.com/refreshnps
The NPS/City of Norfolk Partnership to Build 21st Century Learning Environments for Children: www.norfolk.gov/ppea
The Academy for Discovery at Lakewood: http://www.npsk12.com/pdf/Academy_for_Discovery_Application.pdf
From all of us here at the Norfolk Education Foundation we wish you all the best in the New Year!