Division Executive Staff  
 
Superintendent - Mrs. Verletta White


Chief Financial Officer - Mrs. Kathleen Jackson

Kathleen Jackson joined Roanoke City Public Schools in 2006 and has served the division in a number of ways including grant writer, financial control specialist, accountant, budget analyst and as director of purchasing and financial control.  Mrs. Jackson received her bachelor’s degree from The College of William and Mary and her MBA from Virginia Tech.  In addition to working for the division, Mrs. Jackson is also the parent of two RCPS students.

The Chief Financial Officer oversees the functions of purchasing, accounting, budgeting, warehouse operations, and payroll.


Executive Director of Human Resources- Joyce Hatcher

Joyce Hatcher is a solutions-focused HR veteran with 20 years of experience in a variety of settings and locations.  She has a track record that includes reducing turnover, fostering key relationships, streamlining processes and resolving challenges.

Most recently, Ms. Hatcher served for three years as the Executive Director of Human Resources for Asheville City Schools in North Carolina. There she served as a key member of the Superintendent’s Leadership Team, overseeing more than a dozen PR processes, including the administration, compensation and benefits enrollment process for 720 employees at 10 locations. Her accomplishments included several cost effective changes to existing benefits plans, improvements in the district-wide professional training program and design of a unique staffing plan model, which strengthened both recruitment and retention efforts for the district.

Hatcher earned a BS in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC and her MS in Human Resources/Business Industries from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC.

Ms. Hatcher is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, a sisterhood committed to lifelong personal and professional development and to the kind of effective advocacy and social change that results in equality and equity for all citizens of the world.


Executive Director of Special Education- Hayley Poland

Hayley Poland joined Roanoke City Schools in 2014.  The Executive Director of Special Education is responsible for planning, administering and directing the division's programs under the IDEA and Section 504.


Executive Director of School Improvement - Dr. Julie Drewry 

The Executive Director of School Improvement works to improve the graduation rate and monitors student progress.  The Executive Director also provides leadership to alternative schools and the Community College Access Program (CCAP).


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 - Mr. Timothy Hahn

Timothy Hahn joined Roanoke City Public Schools (RCPS) July 1, 2018 and is excited to work with staff, community members, parents and students in his role as Executive Director of Student Services. Mr. Hahn has over twenty years experience in education, serving in both public and private school divisions prior to joining RCPS. He brings experience as a teacher, coach, athletic director, high school principal, director of finance, director of building and operations, and assistant superintendent. Mr. Hahn received a double major in Physical Education and Sports Management and a minor in Business from Liberty University, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Virginia, and his Educational Specialist degree from Liberty University. In addition to working for the division, He is a proud parent of four boys that attend Roanoke City Schools.


Executive Director of School Counseling and Equity- Taisha Steele


Director of Public Relations and Marketing- 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.  Mr. McLeod serves on the board of Roanoke Valley Television (RVTV) and is a past member of the Grandin Theatre Foundation. 


Director for Data and Analysis -Michael Trussell



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 associates 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.
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