On Wednesday, June 29, after a retreat session in the afternoon with division leaders, Goochland’s newly chosen superintendent, Dr. Jeremy Raley, took the superintendent’s oath at the circuit court building in the courthouse complex with County Clerk Dale Agnew. Witnesses included Mr. Kevin Hazzard, school board chair, and Ms. Beth Hardy, school board vice-chair, in addition to other division leaders.
Dr. Raley, 42, was valedictorian of his high school class at Cumberland, MD. He played football at the University of Virginia, and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees concurrently there in 1997. He earned his doctorate from Shenandoah University, Winchester VA, in 2011. He began his educational career teaching Physical Education in Warren County, VA. His background in public education includes successful experience as a teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Director of Finance, and Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Finance.
Dr. Raley believes in creating an innovative atmosphere that maximizes teaching and learning. “Students learn best when they can be actively engaged in authentic and meaningful academic experiences that will allow them to demonstrate their ability to communicate, collaborate, critically think, and demonstrate creativity with any given content,” said Raley.
“One of the main things that attracted me to seek the superintendency in Goochland is the strong reputation that the school division has for being leaders in innovative instructional practices that emphasize a student-centered and project-based approach to learning. My first goal as I transition into this new role is to listen and to learn as much as possible about the school and the community so that we can preserve everything that makes Goochland great, while collaborating with the school communities to find areas where we can enhance our experience for students.”
Dr. Raley officially begins in mid-July, and in the interim, Dr. Stephen Geyer is acting superintendent.