Reported from GCPS NEWS ARCHIVES
Goochland County Public School’s Superintendent Dr. Linda A. Underwood has been named as the 2013 Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) Region One Superintendent of the Year. Other localities in Region One include Charles City, Hanover, Prince George, Colonial Heights, Chesterfield, Henrico, Surry, Hopewell, Dinwiddie, New Kent, Sussex, Petersburg, Powhatan, and Richmond.
Each year superintendents from school divisions across the state are nominated for one of eight regional titles. As the Region One winner, Dr. Underwood will be considered for the Virginia Superintendent of the Year, an honor which will be awarded at the VASS Annual Conference May 6-9, 2012 in Roanoke.
Under her leadership as Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent over the last nine years, Goochland has experienced significant progress despite challenging economic conditions. Division accomplishments include narrowing of the achievement gap, decreased drop-out rate and increased on-time graduation rate, increased rigor through curriculum revisions, expansion of the collaborative teaching model and school-wide enrichment opportunities, implementation of the G21 framework for embedding twenty-first century skills in instruction, comprehensive induction programs for new teachers, and improved facilities.
While Dr. Underwood is receiving the honor, she is quick to acknowledge the school board, leadership team, teachers, and the community that make such strides possible.
Dr. Underwood holds a Bachelors Degree from DePauw University in Indiana, a Master’s Degree from Indiana University, and Doctorate from Virginia Tech.