New faces at Charlottesville City Schools

We are now five days away from when school will go back into session in Albemarle County and Charlottesville. There will be some new faces at some schools. 

Rashaad Pitt took over as the principal of Charlottesville High School earlier this week after serving most recently as assistant principal of George Wythe High School in Richmond. Pitt began his educational career teaching history in Petersburg City Public Schools and has also worked in Chesterfield County, Hampton City Schools, and the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice. According to a release, his area of expertise includes community outreach, restorative justice, instructional leadership and professional development. 

Pitt succeeds Eric Irizarry, who stepped down after six years at CHS to become Director of Equity, Family, and Community Relations for Albemarle County Public Schools. 

“I am excited to begin this next chapter,” Pitt is quoted in the news release. “I want to build on the strong success and good work of Dr. Irizarry, and I look forward to working with the excellent leadership team and staff at CHS.”

Rashaad Pitt, Principal of Charlottesville High School 

Two other principals in Charlottesville have been promoted from within the school division. 

Chantel Beverly is the new principal at Venable Elementary School. Beverly has been assistant principal at Greenbrier Elementary since 2019 after teaching in Petersburg and Richmond. 

Carmella Johnson took over as principal at Clark Elementary School in July. Since 2017, she has been an assistant principal and instructional coach at Johnson Elementary School and before that Johnson taught at Greenbrier for ten years. 


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