Last month, Blue Ridge Schools announced curriculum coordinator Dr. Hilary Stanifer will be succeeding Susan Wilson as district superintendent starting July 1, 2020.
Wilson is retiring at the end of the current fiscal year and Dr. Stanifer was selected as her predecessor. Dr. Stanifer says she has been learning the ropes of the district for the last few years and looks forward to beginning the transition of becoming Superintendent.
Dr. Stanifer's role as curriculum coordinator has allowed her to check in on every classroom in the district and get to know the staff. She feels that is an advantage in her new role.
For Dr. Stanifer, today's teachers are always asked to more with the same amount of time. She explains the changes that are happening to the world after high school is changing and she indicates education is changing.
Dr. Stanifer believes the transition of leadership is going to be the biggest challenge the district has going forward. She hopes to have a focused vision and be like-minded with the staff and administration.
In the year ahead, Dr. Stanifer is working on events that get the community involved and get to know her.