Administration

 

Leeane Turnbull-Pallette
Principal

Leeane Turbull-PalletteMs. Turnbull is a graduate of First Colonial High School. She joined the Salem Administrative team in 2009. Ms. Turnbull received a BS in Psychology from Old Dominion University in 1997, a Master’s Degree in Education in December in 1998 from Old Dominion University, and an Ed.S from Old Dominion University in 2009. Prior to serving as an assistant principal at Salem High, Ms. Turnbull served as a special education teacher at both Princess Anne Middle School and Ocean Lakes High School.

 

Jennifer Knight
12th Grade Assistant Principal
9th Grade students G-M

Jennifer KnightHoping to build her capacity to serve others, Mrs. Knight joined our Salem High School Administrative team in the summer of 2016.  A proud native of Southern Chesapeake and a graduate of Great Bridge High School, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Master’s degree in Humanities at Old Dominion University.  Mrs. Knight later continued her studies at The George Washington University and earned a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Administration and Supervision.

Mrs. Knight began her teaching career at her alma mater in 1992, and transitioned to Virginia Beach City Public Schools in 1995 as a Spanish teacher at Princess Anne High School.  In 2003, Mrs. Knight and her family relocated to Louisiana where she taught both in New Orleans and St. Charles Parish Public Schools.  In 2008, Mrs. Knight was named the Teacher of the Year for Hahnville High School, St. Charles Parish Public Schools, Louisiana’s Region One, and was a finalist for Louisiana’s State Teacher of the Year.  Mrs. Knight was overjoyed to also be named the New Orleans Saints’ “Teacher of the Week” on October 12, 2008.

In 2009, Mrs. Knight returned to Virginia Beach City Public Schools where she served as the World Languages Department Chairperson and SCA Adviser at Brandon Middle School.  Mrs. Knight was appointed to Landstown High School:  Governor’s STEM & Technology Academy as the administrative assistant in 2012 and promoted to assistant principal in the fall of 2013 where she served for three years.  Mrs. Knight is excited to be a part of the SunDevil family!

 

Jairo Padilla
10th Grade Assistant Principal
9th Grade students N-Z

Jairo Padilla

Mr. Padilla joined the Salem High School administrative team during the summer of 2012. Prior to joining the SunDevil family, Mr. Padilla had an extensive career as an educator. He first earned his Bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University in Secondary Spanish Education. Mr. Padilla continued his passion for education and began his teaching career at Princess Anne H.S. where he taught Spanish. During this time, Mr. Padilla continued his studies and earned a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia in Curriculum and Instruction and an Ed. S degree in Supervision and Administration from The George Washington University. Mr. Padilla continued to move forward as an educator and instructional leader by serving as assistant principal during the 2006 and 2011 summer school programs at Princess Anne H.S. This led to Mr. Padilla’s 2011-2012 role as administrative assistant at Landstown High School Governor’s STEM and Technology Academy where he assisted their administrative team as well. 

 

Greg Moxley
11th Grade Assistant Principal
9th Grade students A-F

Greg Moxley

Mr. Moxley joined the Salem Administrative team in January of 2020. He holds a BS in Political Science, History, and Philosophy from Longwood University and a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. He has spent his entire career with Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Mr. Moxley began by serving as a substitute at Corporate Landing Middle School before moving on to his first teaching assignment at the Renaissance Academy in 2011. In 2015, he was tasked with revitalizing and operating the districts’ Individual Student Alternative Education Program (ISAEP). After four years with ISAEP, he was appointed to serve as the administrative assistant at Kempsville Middle School. Mr. Moxley has served on district-wide committees, lead professional development for teachers, and presented at national and state conferences on topics of grading practice reform, positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS), social-emotional learning (SEL), and working with students that have adverse childhood experiences. He is a proud member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD), and the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP). In 2018, he began lobbying the General Assembly on behalf of teachers and educators across the state as a member of the VASCD Advocacy Committee. Mr. Moxley believes that none of his accomplishments would have been possible without the support of his wife, Amy. He is dedicated to his family and considers his greatest honor in life to be serving as a father to his two children, Alton and Gray.

 

Amy Schuiteboer
VPAA Coordinator

Amy SchuiteboerMs. Schuiteboer is truly honored to continue to serve the Salem community in the role of VPAA Coordinator. As a lifelong performer and lover of the Arts she is excited to witness and guide the amazingly talented students and staff of the academy. She started her career with VBCPS in 1994 as a member of the Office of Programs for Exceptional Children where she served as an itinerant teacher before becoming the Transition Specialist for the school division. She joined the Salem team in August of 2013 as a special education teacher before accepting the position of School Improvement Specialist. Ms. Schuiteboer earned a BS degree in Special Education, Emotional Disturbance and a MS degree in Leadership from Central Michigan University. In 2017, she completed her Education Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from The George Washington University. Ms. Schuiteboer enjoys practicing yoga and mindfulness and is thrilled to share both with her SunDevil family

 

Maggie Wilson
School Improvement Specialist

Maggie Wilson

Mrs. Wilson joined the Salem Administrative Staff in July 2021. She was the AVID Coordinator and elective teacher at Salem High School from 2014-2021 and taught English for Newport News Public Schools from 2003-2014. 

She graduated from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2003. In 2007 she earned a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Averett University and most recently continued her education at Regent University where she earned an Educational Specialist Degree in K-12 School Leadership. 

Over the years, Mrs. Wilson has served on several division committees including the Mental Health Task Force, AVID Professional Learning Network, and the VBCPS Teacher Leader Assembly.  She received the “Great Dreams Needs Great Teachers” award in 2017, was named Salem High School Distinguished Educator 2019, Virginia Beach Reading Council’s Reading Teacher of the Year in 2019 and Salem High School Teacher of the Year in 2020.

Mrs. Wilson looks forward to continued service, learning, and growth with VBCPS and her SunDevil Family.

 

Robert Toran
Guidance Chair

Robert ToranMr. Toran came to Salem High School in 2011 as the School Counseling Director. Prior to that he served as a School Counselor at Norview High for seven years. A native of Norfolk, he is a graduate of Norview High School who went on to earn his Bachelor of Art Degree in Mass Communications from Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC. In 2005 he received his Masters of Art Degree in School Counseling from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va. Outside of his counseling duties Mr. Toran has been actively involved in coaching football and wrestling throughout the Tidewater Area for over 30 years. Mr. Toran and his wife Andrea have four beautiful children; Aleyshia, Andre’, Robyn and Aaron, and a granddaughter Jaimesyn.

 

John Murray
Student Activities Coordinator

John MurrayMr. Murray is a graduate of Kellam High School who is serving in his first year on Salem’s Administrative team.   Mr. Murray was an All-State cross-country runner at Kellam which earned him a scholarship to Old Dominion University.  He was the captain of the cross-country team for his final 2 years before graduating with a BS in Health and Physical Education.

Mr. Murray began his teaching career as a Teacher Assistant at Bayside Elementary School for 3 months before receiving his first full-time teaching assignment at Kempsville Middle School.  The following year he accepted a position at Bayside Middle School where he taught Health and P.E. for 8 years before serving as the Student Activities Coordinator for 11 years.  Mr. Murray has been teaching Health and P.E. and coaching cross country since his arrival to Salem in 2013.  The day he was given the opportunity to serve as Salem’s SAC, he knew it was “A Great Day To Be A Sundevil!!”