Walker Announces Adam Hastings as New Principal

New Board Member Adam Hastings
New Walker School Principal Adam Hastings

Charlottesville City Schools is pleased to announce that Dr. Adam Hastings will be the next principal of Walker School.

Dr. Hastings comes from Piedmont Virginia Community College, where he has been the Dean of Business, Mathematics, and Technology. He has an extensive background at Charlottesville City Schools: he has served on the School Board, he was director of CATEC, and he was assistant principal at CHS. Working in other area school divisions, he began his career teaching English and has experiences at the elementary, middle, and high school-level.

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Dr. Hastings earned his B.A. in English at NC State, his M.A. at UNC Chapel Hill, and his Ed.D. at U.Va. Through his professional connections, his School Board service, and his own personal interests, he has been very involved with the Charlottesville community as well as statewide organizations.

Thanks to the Walker community for participating in this search through committee service, survey responses, and attending a search committee forum. Dr. Hastings was selected from a very strong pool of applicants and will begin serving on July 1. Please join us in welcoming him to the Walker community.

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A Letter from Dr. Hastings

April 13, 2018

Dear Walker Families and Community Members:

What a pleasure it is to write to you as I begin my new role as your principal!

I believe that strong schools must be community schools, schools in which students, parents, families, community members, faculty, and staff work toward a common goal of excellence for every student. From shared-decision making to effective, real time communication, I look forward to growing our culture of collaboration.

Today, Walker is your school. As we work together, build trust, and—so very importantly—have fun, Walker will become our school. It is my distinct privilege to take this journey with each and all of you.

Throughout the interview process and in recent conversations, several big challenges stand out as opportunities for growth.

  • How can we create a schedule that meets the needs—developmental and instructional—of our students?
  • How should we impact our school climate and grow our school culture to foster student happiness, empowerment, and success?
  • How should we balance instructional goals with developmental needs within a two-year program that includes the pros and cons of both elementary and middle school structures?
  • What can we do to engage parents and families in regular, impactful communication and collaboration?

These are big questions, indeed. Answers will require a community of resources and—above all—trust. I trust each and every one of you implicitly; as we learn and grow together, I hope to earn your trust in return.

Although I do not begin my role officially until July, my inbox is open and my calendar is free. Please, contact me; no issue is too big or small. If you see me around town, I’d love to talk and meet your students. If I am with my family, they’ll be happy to meet you, too.

With hope and excitement for a great spring and summer,


Adam Hastings