Dr. Linda M. Shifflette has served as Hampton's Superintendent of Schools since 2009. A graduate of Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech, Dr. Shifflette is also a product of Hampton City Schools – having graduated from the division’s Kecoughtan High School. With over 30 years of administrative experience in the Hampton school division, she has held the positions of Business Education teacher, Cooperative Office Education Coordinator and, prior to her appointment as Superintendent, was the division’s Deputy Superintendent for Instructional Support. During that time she implemented several programs designed to ensure student success, including the division’s Performance Learning Center (PLC) – a credit recovery program that is currently the top performing PLC in the state of Virginia.
A well-respected administrator, Dr. Shifflette was named a 2009 Darden College of Education Fellow at Old Dominion University. Nominated by the faculty of the University’s Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership, Dr. Shifflette was cited as having “made significant contributions to the educational leadership profession [as well as having] distinguished yourself in your career field.”
She is also the recipient of the Education Excellence Award from Virginia Tech, the Vocational Educator Award of Excellence from the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and has been named a “2011 Woman of Distinction” by the YWCA for “dedication and commitment in the categories of Education & Racial Justice/Civil Rights.”
Dr. Shifflette’s educational accomplishments are many, including the opening of two new PreK-8 schools in the fall of 2010, as well as raising the graduation rate and reducing the dropout rate. When the School Board voted unanimously to extend her contract through 2015, Board Chair Fred Brewer credited Dr. Shifflette with having a true commitment to communication, and understanding the value and importance of constantly having open communications with both the internal and external publics as well as being engaged and transparent with the media.
A Superintendent who is truly committed to educating “Every Child, Every Day”, Dr. Shifflette is married with two adult children and two grandchildren.
Dr. Shifflette, second from left, poses with President Barack Obama during his visit on July 13 to Phoebus High School. She is joined by Hampton Mayor Molly Ward (left) and School Board Chair Martha Mugler.