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The following new staff members were recognized by the Cumberland School Board at the meeting held on October 10, 2016:  Mr. Earnest “E.J.” Allen, Cumberland Middle School special education teacher and football coach; Mrs. Gabriela Ancajas, Cumberland High School chemistry teacher; and Mrs. Anita Harris, Instructional Technology Specialist for the division.


New staff members recognized at the October School Board meeting included Mr. E.J. Allen, Mrs. Gabriela Ancajas, and Mrs. Anita Harris.

Cumberland High School junior Jonathan Langhorne was recognized by the members of the School Board at the meeting held on October 10, 2016, for participating in the Call Me MISTER program held at Longwood University. This free six-day program was led by Dr. Maurice Carter, along with two Cumberland High School graduates—Bryant Winbush and DelMonté Langhorne. These two students served as mentors for the other high school students who attended.

The Call Me MISTER program is a national teacher leadership program that not only prepares young men for a successful career as an elementary or secondary teacher, but also provided them with resources that will place them in a position to effectively impact the lives of children.Cumberland_Junior_Attends_Call_Me_MISTER_Program.JPG

Jonathan Langhorne was recognized for participating in the Call Me MISTER program held at Longwood University.

Holly Tillett, a junior at Cumberland High School, was recognized at the August meeting of the Cumberland School Board for attending the Virginia Space Coast Scholars program at NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Chincoteague Bay Field Station from July 23-29, 2016. She was one of 120 students from across the state invited to attend this special program.

The Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) is a program for high school rising juniors focusing on the science, engineering, and technology integral to current missions at NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. This dynamic (and free) program, designed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), inspires students who possess technical and/or scientific interests and are motivated to learn about the many different opportunities that NASA offers. The program features two key elements: 1) a dynamic online science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experience featuring five modules; and 2) a seven-day residential Summer Academy at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, where scholars learn firsthand from NASA professionals and their partners about the latest, cutting edge technologies and missions. 



Holly Tillett is assisted in the demonstration of the robotic arm by her mother, Mrs. Wendy Tillett, who is also the assistant principal at Cumberland Middle School.



Holly Tillett demonstrates how the robotic arm functions. This arm was a learning project she participated in during the Virginia Space Coast Scholars program.


Cumberland County Public Schools held a New Teacher Institute on July 25-26, 2016. After being welcomed to the division by division Superintendent Amy Griffin, new teachers were given an overview of the instructional expectations and structures of CUCPS. They were also issued laptops, provided with an overview of available technology, assigned a mentor, and given guided tours of their individual schools. Master teachers and mentors worked with new teachers so they could learn essential information about daily procedures, where to get supplies, and how to access instructional and assessment programs.


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New Cumberland Elementary School teachers include the following: ROW 1:  Savannah Thomas, Mary Larson, Kateri Layne, and Michelle Tuttle. ROW 2:  Megan Angle and Rebecca Schwerdtfeger (Speech/Language Pathologist).

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New Cumberland Middle School teachers include the following: Ernest “E. J.” Allen, June Millacci, Heather Meadows, Ann Langston, Wendy Tillett (returning Assistant Principal), and Miranda Gresham.

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New Cumberland High School teachers include the following:  Rachel Taylor, Trae Shidell, Gabriela Ancajas, and Cora Tolliver (returning Assistant Principal).