Dr. Aaron Spence assumed the leadership of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) June 23, 2014. As superintendent, he oversees the operation of 86 schools (serving almost 69,000 students) as well as all administrative support functions for the school division. Dr. Spence is a proud graduate of Green Run High School in Virginia Beach.
He begins his first year of service in VBCPS with enthusiasm. “This is a strong school system with an impressive track record of achievement. I look forward to working with the students, staff, parents and community of Virginia Beach City Public Schools to build on that tradition,” he notes.
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He returned to Virginia from having served most recently as superintendent of Moore County Public Schools in North Carolina. During his tenure there he launched a divisionwide digital learning initiative designed to put a digital device, such as a laptop or tablet, in the hands of every student and teacher. He and his staff worked strategically to improve the school district’s End of Grade Proficiency Scores. They were successful on that front, moving up Moore County Public Schools 20 places in state rankings.
Before his service in Moore County, Dr. Spence was chief high school officer of the Houston Independent School District (HISD), the eighth largest school district in the country. He helped decrease HISD’s drop-out rate and increase the graduation rate to an historical high. The district’s science and math scores and the number of students participating in advanced courses also increased dramatically during his tenure.
Dr. Spence began his career in Virginia as a French teacher and photojournalism teacher. Prior to leaving Virginia, he served as an assistant principal and later as a principal in Henrico County Public Schools. He also served as chief academic officer and director of curriculum and instruction for Chesterfield County Public Schools.