Martinsville, VA - The Martinsville City School Board on Monday night approved a new principal at Martinsville High School for the 2013-14 school year.
Angie Weinerth, the current assistant principal for instruction, will become principal effective July 1. She succeeds Aji Dixon, who will oversee the division's alternative education and dropout prevention program.
The reassignments are part of the regular yearly process of evaluating staff placements and "determining where a person's talents can best be used to serve our students," said schools Superintendent Pam Heath. "We are always looking for ways to give employees opportunities to advance within the system."
Prior to joining the administrative team at Martinsville High School last year, Weinerth served as instructional coordinator at Martinsville Middle School for three years and taught for 31 years in Martinsville and Danville before that. She holds a master's of education from the University of Virginia, a master's in educational leadership from Radford University, and a bachelor's of science in education from Averett University, along with endorsements in gifted education and as a reading specialist.
"Angie is a seasoned educator with a proven track record of success. With her expertise in instruction, she will be a great asset to Martinsville High School," Heath said.
"My job is to promote the success of all students. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with a superior team of the faculty and staff, students, parents and the community of Martinsville," Weinerth said. "When I talk to young people of this generation, I ask them, 'When you graduate, what is next?' They say, 'I want to help people!' Who wouldn't want to be a part of that?"
Weinerth added that she is "excited" to continue working with high school students. "We really have great kids here at the high school," she said. Among her goals, she said, is to help them develop "critical thinking skills, creativity, and communication skills. We have some exciting things planned with project-based learning this year."
In his new position, Dixon will be responsible for targeting students who are at risk for dropping out or otherwise "falling through the cracks," and "giving them the extra attention they need in order to graduate and be successful," Heath said.
Dixon has been principal of Martinsville High School since July 2011. Prior to that, he served for one year as a special education and ninth-grade administrator at William Fleming High School and seven years as a teacher and administrator in Henry County Public Schools. Dixon holds a bachelor's degree in political science and criminal justice from East Tennessee State University and a master's of education from Cambridge College in Chesapeake.