Frederick County Public Schools Names New Principal for Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School

Frederick County Public Schools Names New Principal for Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School
Posted on 08/15/2017
Dr. Jessica NailFor Immediate Release
August 15, 2017
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235


Frederick County Schools Superintendent David Sovine has named Dr. Jessica Nail the new principal at Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School. Dr. Nail, who has served as an assistant principal at Admiral Byrd Middle School since 2012, succeeds Teresa Ritenour who was named the school division’s Director of Student Support Services last month.

Dr. Sovine says, “We had a number of outstanding candidates for this vacancy and are excited to be able to promote Dr. Nail into the principal’s position at Admiral Byrd Middle School. Her strong background in instructional leadership and familiarity with that school’s students and staff will serve her well as she assumes her new role.”

Dr. Nail began her teaching career in Staunton, Virginia, where she taught sixth grade science and language arts as well as seventh grade life science and reading. After working for four years (2000-2004) at Shelburne Middle School in Staunton, she became a teacher at Frederick County Middle School where she taught sixth and seventh grade students in a variety of subjects from 2005 until 2012 when she was named an assistant principal at Admiral Byrd Middle School.

Dr. Nail says, “I’ve truly enjoyed my time with Frederick County Public Schools as both a teacher and an assistant principal. I’m looking forward to continuing my commitment to students by serving as the principal at Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School and continuing to partner with parents, our outstanding staff and the community as we engage students in their learning and prepare them to be successful in high school and prepare them for their future endeavors.”

Dr. Nail holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Mary Baldwin College and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary math and science from Virginia Commonwealth University. She earned her doctor of education degree in organizational leadership from Shenandoah University in 2011.