Cumberland County Public Schools is proud to announce that superintendent Dr. Amy Griffin has been named Region 8 Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS). Region 8 is one of the eight districts in the Commonwealth of Virginia and includes 12 school division in southside Virginia.
Dr. Griffin has served as superintendent of Cumberland County Public School since 2010. Prior to the superintendency, she has served as assistant superintendent, director of curriculum and instruction, and elementary principal in Cumberland and as special education director, prekindergarten coordinator, and kindergarten teacher in Nottoway County Public Schools. She has been in public education for 28 years.
Dr. Griffin serves on various boards, committees, and civic organizations. She is on the Board of Directors for VASCD, the Virginia Math and Science Coalition, Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Cumberland Woman’s Club. She also serves on the Virginia Credit Union Advisory Council and the VASS Professional Development committee.
Dr. Griffin prides herself on being an advocate for children of small, rural school divisions with limited resources, such as Cumberland and other Region 8 school divisions. Along with the Coalfield Coalition and the Small Rural School Divisions Coalition members, she advocated for equity in resources. She also understands the importance of partnerships and has collaborated with partners from other school divisions, businesses, institutions, and organizations locally, statewide, and nationally to ensure that students in Cumberland have quality learning experiences and opportunities as other students around the nation.
Currently Dr. Griffin is advocating for improved instructional and assessment practices that move from rote memorization to deeper learning that will teach students how to effectively communicate, collaborate, think critically, and be creative, as well as be good citizens and life-long learners. She has pushed for less standardized multiple choice testing and more performance assessments at the state level, understanding that changes in assessment will lead to more engaging instructional practices.
Dr. Griffin states that she is honored to be representing Region 8 and humbled to be recognized by her colleagues in this manner.