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School Administrative Team


Chris Valdrighi - Principal
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I am Chris Valdrighi, Principal of New Kent High School.  I have been at New Kent High School since 2009.  I  grew up in both Richmond and Mathews County.  I received my B.A. in History and Education from Randolph-Macon College and completed my Masters in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University in Administration and Supervision in 2000.
I was also lucky enough to teach and coach football, basketball and track at Patrick Henry High School in Hanover and football and soccer at Lancaster High School. In 2000, I became the Assistant Principal of Essex High School in Tappahannock, where I also coached soccer. In 2007 I was honored to be  inducted into the Northern Neck Sports Wall of Fame because I was fortunate enough to work with and coach some amazing students during my time at both Lancaster and Essex High Schools. Before coming to New Kent High School, I also served as the principal at Middlesex High School in Saluda and held positions with Rappahannock Community College's Workforce Development Office. In 2014, I completed my Ed.S degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
I truly believe in "New Kent Strong" and  feel very fortunate to work with awesome students and a super supportive community.  We are all committed to preparing our students for life after high school and to be productive, confident, and compassionate citizens.   I am confident that with the hard work of our outstanding faculty, school counselors, support staff and administrative team, we will prepare our students for college, career and life readiness.
I hope you will follow New Kent High School on Twitter: @NewKentStrong and listen out for our Sunday evening Trojan News for updates and announcements.
Go Trojans!


Wendi James - Assistant Principal Email

 

It is my pleasure and honor to be a part of the New Kent High School family. It is exciting to work in a school community that embraces teamwork and collaboration in an effort to provide the best possible educational program for our students.
I grew up on Long Island, New York. After graduating from Freeport High School in Freeport, New York, I received my BS in Elementary and Middle School Education from Hampton University. My teaching experience includes sixteen years as an elementary and middle school classroom teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana and Norfolk, Virginia. After receiving my Masters in Educational Leadership from Old Dominion University, I spent eight years as an administrator in Norfolk and Newport News, Virginia.
My administrative responsibilities include supervision of students’ in grades nine and eleven. I also supervise the English, CTE, and Special Education Departments as well as serve as the School Testing Coordinator.


Julie Ellis - Assistant Principal Email

My name is Julie Ellis, and I am one of two assistant principals at New Kent High School.  I grew up in Williamsburg, graduated from Bruton High School and earned my Bachelor's of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University.  In 2001, I began working at NKHS as a Health, PE, and Driver's Education teacher.  During my time at New Kent, I started the field hockey program, as well as coached field hockey, track, and boy's tennis.  In 2012, I stepped into the role of Athletic Director, where I stayed for 2 years.
In 2014, I earned my Master's of Education in Administration from The College of William & Mary and became assistant principal.  My primary responsibilities at NKHS include working with 10th and 12th grade students and overseeing School Counseling, and the Science, World Languages, and Health and PE departments.  I am also the administrator in charge of the Renaissance program, the Assistant Testing Coordinator, and serve as NKCPS Safety Coordinator.
I can say with confidence, in my 17th year at New Kent High School, that we have amazing students and a supportive community and I am honored to be a part of it!

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