coolage of Otey, Hubbard, Cuomo with "staff hellos and farewells" written on it

Staffing Updates June 2020

Charlottesville Schools Announces Three Appointments

Charlottesville City Schools announced three key administrative hires today: Dr. Katina W. Otey will become Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Keith P. Hubbard will become Director of Human Resources, and Mr. Pat Cuomo will become Director of Technology.

“We are so pleased with these hires and the strong pool of candidates that they represent,” noted Dr. Rosa S. Atkins, superintendent. “The people who are leaving these roles have left big shoes to fill, and we are confident that these new hires will build on past good work and take us into a new chapter.”

Katina Otey portraitDr. Katina W. Otey, formerly Director of Elementary School Leadership for Chesterfield County Public Schools, will be the Chief Academic Officer. This position is a renaming of the current Assistant Superintendent position held by Jim Henderson, who is retiring this month after 45 years with Charlottesville City Schools. Dr. Otey brings varied experiences to this role, including principal, assistant principal (AP), teacher, and equity team chair. She also holds degrees and endorsements from Virginia Tech, U.Va., and VCU.

Keith Hubbard portraitDr. Keith P. Hubbard will serve as Director of Human Resources, succeeding interim director Dr. Diane Behrens. Dr. Hubbard comes from Newport News Public Schools, where he has served as Director of Elementary School Leadership since 2013. He brings decades of educational experience in the role of principal and others, and he brings a strong background in leadership and instructional coaching, teacher retention, school culture, observation/feedback and more. He holds degrees from George Washington University and Norfolk State University.

Pat Cuomo portraitMr. Pat Cuomo will become Director of Technology as Jeff Faust becomes Executive Director of Technology in Chesapeake Public Schools. Mr. Cuomo has served as principal of Charlottesville’s Greenbrier Elementary since 2016 and has worked in Charlottesville Schools since 2011. Mr. Cuomo holds a master’s degree in instructional technology as well as additional coursework in data analytics. Mr. Cuomo has formerly worked as a teacher, AP, technology trainer, and tech integrator in public schools. His degrees and certificates were earned at Molloy College (NY), New York Institute of Technology, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

“As we welcome these colleagues to new roles, we also want to say thank you to the talented and dedicated folks they are succeeding,” continued Dr. Atkins. “To Diane Behrens, we want to say thank you for returning to our division to help during a transitional time. To Jeff Faust, we want to honor you for your visionary leadership that has earned national recognition. And to Jim Henderson, there is no way that we as a division or community can adequately express our appreciation for more than four decades of outstanding service to Charlottesville City Schools. Best wishes to all of you and thanks for your leadership and planning, which will be tremendously helpful to these leaders who are continuing and building upon your good work.”