Salem School Division Superintendent, Dr. Curtis Hicks, is pleased to announce that two of the division’s accomplished educators are taking on new administrative roles. Christina Rose will assume the role of assistant principal at Andrew Lewis Middle School, while Kendra Fagg will take Rose’s place as assistant principal at South Salem Elementary School.
“This move will bring new and exciting challenges, and it will allow me to gain experience at the secondary level,” says Rose. “I'm looking forward to getting to know the Andrew Lewis community, and I will continue to do everything possible to support our staff and students in my new position.”
Rose is a Pittsburgh native who graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She earned her Master’s in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech, and she has successfully completed the certificate program in Educational Leadership and Administration at George Washington University.
She joined the Salem City School Division in 2015 after spending 10 years in Northern Virginia schools. She began her Salem career at West Salem Elementary as a school counselor and became an assistant principal at South Salem in 2018.
“While I'm grateful to have this new opportunity, I will miss the students, staff and families at South Salem,” says Rose. “I appreciate the love and support they have shown me over the past four years.”
Her departure opens the South Salem administration office door for one of the Roanoke Valley’s most respected teachers, Kendra Fagg. Twice during her tenure at Roanoke City’s Westside Elementary, she was named the school’s Teacher of the Year. This past March, she earned the same honor for her work as a Reading Specialist at South Salem Elementary.
“I am very excited for this new opportunity to serve in a leadership role at South Salem,” says Fagg. “I consider it an honor and privilege to serve as assistant principal and I look forward to continuing my work with the students, teachers, administration, and families I have grown to love over the past four years.”
Fagg graduated from Salem High School in 2005 and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Elementary Education in 2008 from Roanoke College. She also has a Masters in Reading Education from the University of Virginia, and she is currently completing her certification in Educational Leadership and Administration through James Madison University. Fagg joined the South Salem staff in 2018 and she has taught fourth grade and been a Reading Specialist for the Falcons during her tenure.
“I am incredibly thankful to be a part of the South Salem family and have the chance to lead in the same school division I was part of as a student,” says Fagg.
Both appointments were formally approved by the School Board at Tuesday night’s meeting, and they will take effect on July 1.
“The Salem City School Division has a rich history of attracting quality educators and then allowing them to grow and serve our students and parents in many ways,” says Hicks. “Mrs. Rose and Mrs. Fagg have earned the respect of their peers throughout their Salem journeys, and I know they will excel in these new roles.”