Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Phillip Thompson - Superintendent
Welcome to Rockbridge County Public Schools and thank you for choosing to visit with us. We have much to be proud of in our school division, and I am honored to have the opportunity to lead an exceptional group of educators working collaboratively within our community to provide the children of Rockbridge County with the skills and opportunities to succeed. Rockbridge County Public Schools are a vital part of the Rockbridge County community and we are pleased to be one of the reasons families choose to live in our area.
As a comprehensive K-12 public school division, we take pride in our efforts to offer quality programs that prepare students for the universities and careers of the 21st century. Our students experience rigorous and robust programs that combine the intellectual engagement of award winning academics with the hands-on, problem-based environment of Career and Technical Education. We are also fortunate to have so many committed individuals who deliver excellent extra-curricular opportunities that enhance student learning experiences across our school division.
While, historically, we have found numerous successes in Rockbridge County Public Schools, we have not found these successes alone. We are extremely proud to serve a community that supports education and our youth. The support from our parents, community members, local business leaders, and educational partners is a highly valued part of our student’s educational experience. Together, all of us work to help students discover success and foster a love of learning. We all must embrace our roles and responsibilities in providing the opportunities that our children deserve, as I believe that together, we are stronger.
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Haywood Hand - Assistant Superintendent
Haywood M. Hand, Jr., is Assistant Superintendent of Rockbridge County Public Schools. He has served in four different school districts during the span of 29 years in many capacities, most recently as principal of Rockbridge County High School. Mr. Hand earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from James Madison University from 1979-1986. He returned to the classroom in 2002 and completed a second master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Lynchburg College in 2004. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Hand began his doctoral studies in Organizational Leadership at Shenandoah University in 2007 and completed his doctoral coursework in 2010. Mr. Hand has experience as a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal, principal, and supervisor of secondary education. He has been married 34 years to his lovely wife, Kimberly. They have two grown children who are married, Brennan and Danielle Hand, and Peter and Logan Melchione. The family enjoys spending time together with their first grandchild, McKynlee, as well as spending time on the sandy shores of Myrtle Beach. The Hand’s also enjoy exercising, reading, playing with their golden retriever (Maddie), engaging in community service, and landscaping.