July 17, 2019
Please join me in congratulating both Gena Keller and Bev Rabil, who recently announced to their teams their upcoming retirements effective September 1, 2019.
Gena has spent 39 years in public education as a teacher, home-school coordinator, counselor, administrator, and division superintendent before joining VDOE. While at the agency, she has served as the Coordinator for Professional Learning and Development, the interim Chief Academic Officer, and the Assistant Superintendent for Learning. She has led the work to develop the Profile of a Virginia Educator, Profile of a Virginia Education Leader, and Profile of a Virginia Classroom with partner organizations (GMU, W&M, VASCD and SURN) in order to support the Profile of a Virginia Graduate. As part of a three-year endeavor, Gena has been a key staff member on the design team for the Virginia is for Learners Innovation Network in partnership with VaSCL, JMU, the Dintersmith Foundation, Advanced Learning Partners and Scott McLeod. She has also assisted in collaborative work with the Department of Student Assessment, Accountability, and ESEA Programs through a partnership with the Center for Innovation in Education in order to strengthen our focus on competency based education, performance assessment, and assessment literacy. Gena has worked with our departments to coordinate the development of curriculum resources and best practices for school divisions across Virginia in response to the challenge of ensuring inequities do not exist in the tools and resources our school divisions have available to them.
Bev held several teaching and administrative positions, including interim superintendent, before joining the Virginia Department of Education as the Coordinator of Priority schools in November 2012. She became the Director of the Office of School Quality in August 2014. During her time as director, the Office of School Quality began a teacher and principal leaders in action initiative, added achievement gap, attendance, and student behavior components to the academic review toolkit, and developed a research-based division level review tool. Bev collaborated with other VDOE staff to develop a menu of offerings in order to give schools more technical assistance choices. The Virginia Continuous School Improvement Planning (VCSIP) process was also developed during Bev’s tenure, which offered training and support to all schools. Bev will retire with 41 years as an educator.
To say their knowledge and expertise will be missed is an understatement!
We are so excited for Gena, Bev, and their families as they begin this next chapter. Best wishes and congrats!
James F. Lane, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Virginia Department of Education
101 N. 14th Street
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218
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