Host Rotarian: Jim McEwan presents Aaron C. Spence, ED.D., Superintendent, Virginia Beach City Public Schools

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Dr. Aaron Spence has served as Superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) since June 2014. As Superintendent, he oversees the operation of 86 schools (serving almost 68,000 students) as well as all administrative support functions for the school division. As has been the case throughout his 23-year career, Dr. Spence leads with his passion for both public education and for providing all students with the best possible opportunities in school. His commitment and leadership were key factors in his selection as the 2018 Virginia Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents.

In this same spirit, Dr. Spence has taken on leadership roles in the community, joining the boards of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce (Virginia Beach division), United Way of South Hampton Roads, Opportunity, Inc., the Access College Foundation and the Public Education Foundation. In January 2017, Spence was the recipient of the Creating Unity in Our Community “Lead Like King” Award for his leadership of the division’s work to ensure equitable access to resources and rigorous courses for every student, every day.

Dr. Spence’s work in Virginia Beach has led to national acclaim. He has been asked to present at conferences for the National School Board Association and the American Association of School Administrators. He was a contributor to Dr. Mark Edwards’ 2017 book, “Thank you for your leadership: the power of distributed leadership in a digital conversion model.” In addition, in 2010, Dr. Spence was selected as an Emerging Leader by ASCD (formerly Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) and invited to participate in its national leadership program.

Dr. Spence came to VBCPS after serving as superintendent of Moore County Public Schools in North Carolina. During his tenure there, he launched a divisionwide digital learning initiative designed to puta 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. Officer and Director of Curriculum and Instruction in Chesterfield County, Virginia, as well as principal of Deep Run High School in Henrico County, Virginia. Spence began his career in 1994 as a French and photojournalism teacher in Stafford County Public Schools.

He attended the University of Virginia, where he received a bachelor’s degree in French studies, a master’s degree in secondary education and a doctorate in educational administration and supervision. Dr. Spence is a proud graduate of Green Run High School in Virginia Beach. 

He and his wife, Krista, have six children; Bella (Isabella), Mattingly, Christopher, Kristianna, Ian Captain Sirois has been married to his wife Jennifer since 1994, they currently reside in Chesapeake, VA and have two children; Kyle and Piper.