Martinsville City Public Schools superintendent elected president of Virginia Association of School Superintendents

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — After more than 40 years with Martinsville City Public Schools, Superintendent Dr. Zebedee Talley Jr. has been elected president of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS), which represents 133 Virginia school districts.

For 15 years, Talley served as a history teacher, gifted teacher, and U.S. Government teacher at Martinsville High School. He also coached track, cross country, basketball, and founded the Martinsville Gospel High School Choir.

Talley also served as a principal and vice principal for various schools within the district.

In 1990, he received the Teacher of the Year Award at Martinsville High School. Other accolades include the NAACP Clyde Williams Award, and several Piedmont District Coach of the Year Awards.

In 2017, he was named Omega Citizen of the year and received the Samuel S. Trott Educational Award presented by the NAACP.

Talley serves on several boards and committees including the University of Virginia Superintendents’ Advisory Committee and Planning Committee, AASA National Superintendents Association, Piedmont Arts Advisory Board, Virginia Museum of Natural History Executive Board, and AVID National Superintendents Executive Board.

In addition to Talley’s 43 years of teaching, all with the Martinsville City Public School district, he has also pastored United Holiness Worship Center Church in North Carolina for the past 37 years.

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