David Gaston '88, M.E. '90, Ed.D. '05 was named superintendent of schools for Charles City County Public Schools. He replaces School of Education graduate, Janet C. Crawley, Ed.D. '02.
Gaston's tenure in education spans 24 years in the school divisions of York, Hampton, and Williamsburg-James City County.
In the school's press release, Dr. Gaston said, “I am extremely honored and humbled by this opportunity to serve the community, children and families of Charles City County as their new Superintendent. Through collaboration, communication and transparency, we will build upon the successes achieved in Charles City County Public Schools and allow the Division to reach its fullest potential. I look forward to working with the teachers and staff of our schools and to leading what I know is a dynamic academic team.”
Gaston has served for the past seven years as an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Darden School of Education at Old Dominion University, instructing graduate and undergraduate courses in Teaching and Learning as well as Educational Leadership. A certified trainer and consultant with the International Baccalaureate, Dr. Gaston has provided hands-on professional development and training to teachers and administrators across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. He is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Virginia Parent Teacher Association and has received honors as a former Teacher of the Year for the York County School Division, an Elementary Principal Excellence in Technology Award from the Consortium for Interactive Instruction at Old Dominion University and WHRO Public Television, and the Vernon Geddy Award from WHRO for Technology Integration Excellence. Professionally, he has been a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Kappa Delta Pi, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Helen Payne-Jones, chair of the Charles City County School Board, believes Gaston will be a great fit for the division. “We are excited about David as our choice for superintendent. David possesses a wealth of experience and I feel confident that we will see great success with him leading the school division.”
Dr. Gaston earned three degrees from the College of William and Mary. He received his B.A. in government in 1988, a M.Ed. in secondary education in 1990 and an Ed.D. in the Educational Planning, Policy and Leadership program in 2005.