Dr. Chris Willmore
From a news release following the Arlington County School Board meeting of 3 June 2010:
The Arlington School Board appointed Dr. Christian Willmore as principal of Wakefield High School at tonights meeting. Willmore has been an assistant principal at Wakefield since 2002. The appointment will be effective July 1. "Chris has been a fixture in the Wakefield community for eight years, and during the interview process, Wakefield students noted that Chris knows them, cares for them and wants them to succeed in the classroom," said Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy. "As he transitions into his new role, Chris brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience that will benefit the Wakefield students and community."
Willmore recently completed his Ed.D. at the University of Virginia in administration and supervision. He has a Master of
Arts in Teaching from Tulane University and a Bachelors in international studies and Spanish from Miami University. He
also holds certificates in administration and supervision, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Spanish.
Willmore began his career at APS in 1995 at Key Elementary School, where he taught third and fifth grade. He also assisted
in developing APSs "Global Village Summit" summer school program, served on the task force to redesign the Spanish
immersion program at the middle school level, and led a staff development session at Escuela Americana in San Salvador,
Since then, Willmore has held a variety of positions including:
- Sixth grade social studies teacher at Gunston Middle School (1999-2000)
- Administrative intern at Key Elementary School (summer 2000)
- Grade-level administrator at Gunston Middle School (2000-02)
The Board also approved three additional leadership positions. Marleny Perdomo will become the supervisor for foreign
language, Betty Schwoebel-Mills was named the assistant director for assessment, and Suzanne Evans was named assistant
principal at Yorktown High School.
Schwoebel-Mills appointment will begin June 4 and the appointments of Perdomo and Evans will begin July 1.