Principal's Message

Kempsville High School is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in the heart of the Kempsville Borough of the city. Our residents possess a strong sense of community togetherness and pride, which is reflected in a strong commitment to and support of the school's entire educational program. Kempsville High School is a comprehensive school with students enrolled in grades nine through twelve.

Within an A/B block schedule organization, the school offers an academically challenging program, which emphasizes student achievement, school climate, and enhanced communication between school and community. On the average, eighty-four percent of our graduates go on to post-secondary education. Kempsville students and their families have come to expect that students will graduate with a solid core foundation in language arts, math, science, and foreign language. In addition to the core curriculum, business, art, music, vocational, and technical classes are available. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in seventeen different areas with approximately twelve percent of the students enrolled in one or more of these classes.

Kempsville houses programs for learning disabled, emotionally handicapped, and educable mentally handicapped students as well. These students are provided individual assistance and mainstream classes in which regular and special education teachers work together to ensure IEP goals are achieved.

While academic achievement is our number one priority, Kempsville students participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities designed to complement the regular academic program. Some forty-five clubs and activities and thirty-two athletic teams are available to all students.

At Kempsville High School we believe strongly in that "learning is the key to opening doors for all people." As our students prepare for the 21st century, the school and community work hand-in-hand to ensure that academic, creative, social, and physical needs are met.

Mr. Bill Harris

Mr. Harris came to Kempsville High School in the fall of 2012 from Keene, New Hampshire with K-12 experience. He served as principal of Benjamin Franklin Elementary School for five years, assistant principal of Keene High School for seven years, and principal of the Westmoreland School also for seven years. Prior to that Mr. Harris taught elementary school and special needs high schoolers. Mr. Harris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration both from Keene State College. He also holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from Plymouth State University. Mr. Harris believes that a school's success directly correlates to the degree of collaboration between all educational stakeholders and their commitment to the success of every student.

Dr. Donna Elliott

Dr. Elliott’s career as a teacher in the public schools includes Bayside High, Franklin High, Woodrow Wilson High, and Virginia Beach Middle. Instructing and guiding students in English 7 through 12, Public Speaking, Drama, and Adult Education helped prepare her for the transition into administration. Even though she served a number of unforgettable years as assistant principal at Green Run High, her educational home for the past four years has been Kempsville High where so many students and faculty make tradition and innovation a positive reality.

Regardless of the paths that students choose, Dr. Elliott believes that educators and young adults must have healthy, sincere relationships. Challenges are real, but successes are heartfelt and continuous. In addition to the variety of responsibilities and good times she experiences at Kempsville High, Dr. Elliott is a committed community mentor to young ladies of Chesapeake Public Schools, and a graduate-level adjunct professor of Research and Writing at the ODU/NSU Virginia Beach Higher Education Center.

Her formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in English from Norfolk State University, a Master of Arts in Communication from Hampton University and Norfolk State University, an Education Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision, and a Doctor of Education degree in Administration, Policy, and Leadership from The George Washington University.

Dr. Elliott applies this anonymous quote to everyday life: “When both feet are planted firmly, nothing can shake you.”

Mr. D. Brad Barbour

Mr. Barbour joined the Kempsville administrative team in the summer of 2016 after working for four years at Landstown High School as an assistant principal. Prior to that, Mr. Barbour served as an assistant principal at Bayside High School for five years. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Masters Degree in Special education from Old Dominion University. In 2004, he obtained his Ed.S in Education Leadership from the University of Virginia.

Mr. Barbour started his career as a special education teacher with SECEP at the Portsmouth RE-ED center and Virginia Beach TREAP center for five years before coming to VBCPS in 2000. He worked at Independence, Lynnhaven and Kemps Landing Middle schools over the next seven years as a special education teacher, school improvement specialist, and coach.

He and his wife, a special education teacher in VBCPS, have two children attending Princess Anne Elementary School.

Mrs. Melissa George

Mrs. George is a product of Virginia Beach City Public Schools having attended K-12. She attended Old Dominion University where she received a Bachelors of Science in secondary education with an emphasis in English in 1993. Upon graduation, Mrs. George began her teaching career with Norfolk Public Schools teaching high school English for ten years then moving to middle school as English department chair for two years. While teaching in Norfolk, Mrs. George was awarded teacher of the year for the division. During that time, she attended Regent University where she received a Master of Education in Educational Leadership in 2005. After twelve years, Mrs. George transferred to Virginia Beach City Public Schools where she was a middle school English teacher and School Improvement Specialist. Mrs. George began her administrative experience at Virginia Beach Middle School in 2012 and was appointed assistant principal at Kempsville High School July 2012. Mrs. George believes educators need to embrace what the future holds for students to truly prepare them for that future by incorporating 21st century skills on a regular basis so all students are prepared for any job opportunities the future may hold. This will lead to sustainability and will build the foundation this generation needs.

Ms. Meghan Timlin

Ms. Timlin is a product of Virginia Beach City Public Schools having attended Fairfield Elementary, Kempsville Middle and graduating from Kempsville High in 1998. Ms. Timlin pursued her Bachelor's in Marketing Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Go Hokies!) and returned to Kempsville High School as a Marketing Education teacher in January 2003. Ms. Timlin taught at Kempsville High School for 8 years in the subjects of Marketing, Advanced Marketing and Leadership Skills Development. While a teacher, Ms. Timlin advised the SCA and DECA organizations and resurrected the Leadership Workshop program at Kempsville High Schoool. Ms. Timlin was named Teacher of the Year at Kempsville High School in 2011. While teaching, Ms. Timlin pursued her Master's in Educational Leadership from the University of Virginia (Go Hoos!). Ms. Timlin left Kempsville High School to pursue a career in School Administration in July 2011. Ms. Timlin served as a school administrator at Independence Middle from 2011 - 2015, holding the positions of School Improvement Specialist and Assistant Principal. In August of 2015, Ms. Timlin returned home to Kempsville High School as the new Academy Coordinator of the school divisions newest academy, the Entrepreneurship and Business Academy. Ms. Timlin is a long-time member of the Virginia Beach Leadership Workshop Staff and continues to serve as the co-coordinator for the VBCPS Activity Advisers Conference in the summer. Ms. Timlin believes in the power of taking advantage of an opportunity and has built her career on providing a vareity of opportunities for students to take advantage of. Go Chiefs!