CATEC director becomes educator quality director

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The director of CATEC now has a new role in the Albemarle County Public Schools division.

Dr. Daphne Keiser has been appointed as the new Director of Educator Quality for the division, effective July 1.

“Dr. Keiver's impact as an innovative and results-oriented education leader, both with Charlottesville City Schools and in the county, make her the ideal choice for such a critically important responsibility, one that will help shape the future quality of education in Albemarle County,” said ACPS Director of Human Resources Lorna Gerome.

Keiser will oversee and direct the division's faculty and administrator recruitment, its orientation program for teachers and administrators, and plan succession for leadership positions at the school and central office levels.

“Daphne Keiser's outsized credentials include being named National Educator of the Year by the Milken Family Foundation, the multiple state awards that Burnley-Moran Elementary School earned while she was the school's principal, and the impressive gains made by students at Clark Elementary School during her tenure as principal,” said Dr. Clare Keiser, the Assistant Superintendent for Organizational Development and Human Resource Leadership, who also said the best measure of how well one identifies outstanding educations are the career achievements of the person who is identifying them.

During Keiser's time at CATEC, the school has added new centers of excellence in information engineering and technology and in health and medical services.

It also debuted a new apprenticeship program in partnership with several local businesses and earned a state grant for a summer pilot program to extend apprenticeship opportunities to students as young as 16.

CATEC also earned grants that made it possible to turn a school bus into a food bus for events at the school and the community using the skills of students throughout the school in culinary arts, auto tech and computer systems.

Keiser says her 20 years of experience in education have demonstrated that while schools and divisions may be different, the qualities that make for outstanding teachers and administrators are the same.

Along with Albemarle County and Charlottesville, she also has experience with the King William County Schools division.

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