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Chumney named SHE assistant principal

South Boston News
Chumney / July 03, 2019
South Hill Elementary School has a new assistant principal, Melissa DeJarnette Chumney. She stepped into the job on Monday.

Most recently Chumney served as the Title 1 Reading Intervention Teacher at Clarksville Elementary School; a position she has held for the past seven years.

After first working in real estate, Chumney started her career with Mecklenburg County School Division as a paraprofessional at Boydton Elementary School in 2006. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Longwood and a Masters’ in Educational Leadership from ODU.

Having spent nine of her 13 years in the school division at Clarksville Elementary School, Chumney said she will miss the people at the school who she says are “family.” She also said she is excited to take the next step in her career development and is especially excited to be working with South Hill Elementary School Principal Michele Icenhour and assistant principal Amanda Shook.

Chumney said she had not intended to jump into an administrative leadership position at this juncture in her career and knows she has things to learn in this new position, but felt that working with Icenhour and Shook was a “good spot” and is ready to get started. “They are good leaders. and mentors who have created a great culture at their school.”

Chumney said her transition will be made easier because she already knows a number of the teachers at South Hill Elementary School having worked with the “Title teachers.”

“In the big scheme this is a small county and so I have been able to get to know most teachers. I know they’re [the teachers at South Hill Elementary School] are a good team.”

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