Darla has been principal of the Center in Fishersville since 2004. During her time as principal, the school has changed its name from Valley Vocational Technical Center to Valley Career and Techncial Center. They have increased program offerings to meet the needs of the community as well as expand their adult course offerings. On the Annual Performance Report, the school continues to surpass the DOE's levels for credentialing offerings and pass rates.The Center continues to be a viable option for employers to hire employees and then provide the training.
Darla received her bachelor’s degree in animal science from Virginia Tech as well as her master’s in Career and Technical Education and a Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies. She has been an educator for 33 years, starting as a middle school agricultural education teacher for Mecklenburg County Public Schools Virginia. While working on her Masters Degree in Vocational and Technical education she developed middle school curriulum that integrated science into the agriculture curriculum and she worked as a graduate teaching assistant. In addition, she earned her administrative endorsement with a goal of becoming a CTE administrator. Upon completion of graduate school, she returned to the classroom to teach for Augusta County Public Schools at S G. Stewart Middle school. The Stewart Middle FFA Chapter was very active and was recognized at the Virginia FFA convention numerous times with State FFA Awards.
In addition to her teaching experience, she served as Director of the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant for Augusta County Schools and an assistant principal for Valley Career and Technical Center. Darla has been a member of Virginia Association for Career and Technical Administrators, Virginia ACTE and ACTE for the last 15 years. In 2017 she served as the President of the Virginia CTE Association. During her years on the VACTEA Board and Virginia CTE Board she has worked to promote unity among the various Divisions of CTE, workplace learning opportunities, graduation requirements and the importance of career and technical education at the high school level as well as the adult level.
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Last Modified on January 31, 2020