Ashby C. Kilgore, Ed.D.
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ASHBY C. KILGORE, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Newport News Public Schools
Under Dr. Ashby Kilgore's leadership, The Newport News Agenda for Public Education created to guide the district's future and evaluate student results. The Agenda established high expectations, rigorous content and persistent support for students and teachers.
Through innovative teaching and learning, the district's Career Pathways program and STEM initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education), students at all grade levels are moving beyond the minimum standards and becoming college, career and citizen-ready.
Dr. Kilgore has guided the district's efforts in increasing academic performance and opening doors to unique opportunities for all students. She has championed 21st century schools by establishing a curriculum that builds the skills, knowledge and expertise students need to be successful; extending learning opportunities after school, on Saturdays and during the summer months; equipping all classrooms with interactive white boards; and building new hands-on science labs and technology learning centers.
Dr. Kilgore is the architect of the region's first, public, day-long summer program for students. SPARK, the Summer Program for Arts, Recreation and Knowledge, served over 6,000 students in kindergarten through high school during the summer of 2016. SPARK joined Newport News Public Schools with 25 corporate, non-profit, and city, state and federal organizations to provide an engaging menu of full-day instruction and enrichment activities. With three meals and transportation provided, no tuition costs and a wealth opportunities, SPARK transformed summer into a positive youth development program in Newport News.
Dr. Kilgore designed and launched the Early College program in partnership with Thomas Nelson Community College, which gives high school seniors the opportunity to earn up to 19 college credit hours, and the Early Career program that gives seniors a jump-start to viable careers while in high school. Dr. Kilgore also established aggressive graduation and dropout prevention and recovery agendas; over 1,050 young adults who had dropped out have returned and have received or are on track to earn a high school diploma or GED. Her focused efforts have paid off: the on-time graduation rate increased to 89.5% in 2015, up from 73% in 2008, and the dropout rate has decreased significantly to 2.4% from 12% in 2008.
An early leader in youth development, Dr. Kilgore established a comprehensive district-wide youth development initiative to assist students in growing their skills in leadership, citizenship and teamwork. Service learning is now part of the curriculum in NNPS.
Dedicated to Service
A well-respected educator, Dr. Kilgore was named Virginia's Region II Superintendent of the Year in 2011 and was named a 2012 Old Dominion University Darden College of Education Fellow in recognition of her career achievements.
She is also the recipient of a 2016 Urban League of Hampton Roads Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Leader Award in Education, the 2014 Thomas Nelson Community College Medallion, the 2014 Distinguished Educational Leader Award presented by the C. Waldo Scott Center for H.O.P.E., and a 2011 Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award presented by the State Coalition for Justice for Civil Rights for contributions to education. She is a member of numerous educational and civic organizations.
Dr. Kilgore was appointed Superintendent of Newport News Public Schools in May 2007 -- the first woman ever to lead the 30,000-student school division.
She has over 37 years of experience in public education in Hampton Roads as a teacher, principal, college professor and deputy superintendent.
Dr. Kilgore holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Old Dominion University, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy studies from The George Washington University.