Salem City Schools names two new assistant superintendents

Roanoke Valley News

(Photo: Courtesy Salem City Schools)

SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — During Tuesday night’s meeting, the members of the Salem School Board approved the appointment of two new assistant superintendents for the division — Jamie Soltis and Jennifer Dean.

According to Salem City Schools, Soltis has been with the division since July 2019 as Salem’s director of instruction and career readiness.

Meanwhile, Dean has held a position in Salem education since 2014, first as the supervisor of instructional technology and accountability, then as director of instruction and innovation for the past two years.

“We are so fortunate to have Jamie and Jennifer leading instruction, innovation, and career readiness in our division,” said Hicks. “They both have the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to support our schools, as we strive to excel at everything we do.”

Soltis graduated with honors from Longwood University with a degree in biology, followed by a Master of Education degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Soltis has spent his entire professional career in southwest Virginia, serving as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal, serving families in Floyd County, Vinton, and western Roanoke County.

Most recently, Soltis has worked with the Career and Technical Education section of the division in order to develop apprenticeships and work opportunities for students with local businesses and industries.

“I would like to thank Dr. Hicks and the Salem City School Board for providing me with the opportunity to continue to serve the students and staff of Salem City Schools in this new role,” Soltis said. “It is an honor to work in a school division with so many amazing people who dedicate themselves daily to meeting the needs of every student, every day.”

As for Dean, she has a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Radford University, preceded by her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Roanoke College.

Dean was an educator for Roanoke City Public Schools from 1995 to 2014 in a variety of roles, including teacher, assistant principal, principal. She was also an instructional technology resource teacher, instructional coach, and teacher mentor for the division.

According to school officials, Dean has been overseeing assessments at all four elementary schools, guiding the growth of Salem’s preschool program, and creating various advanced computer science opportunities for students as young as four.

“I consider it a gift that I am able to work with such dedicated educators and families in a community that is focused on student success,” said Dean. “I look forward to having the opportunity to serve and collaborate with such amazing faculty, staff, students, and families as we move forward. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to serve in this role with Salem City Schools.”

“They have both worked hard to establish the relationships with our schools and the community necessary to ensure we are all working together to promote excellent outcomes for all of our students,” Hicks said.

Soltis and Dean will begin their new roles immediately.

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