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Dr. Daphne R. Keiser (VA '06)

Assistant Superintendent for School Community Engagement

Albemarle County Public Schools
Charlottesville, VA

At the time of the Award, Dr. Daphne R. Keiser was:

Burnley-Moran Elementary School
Charlottesville, VA

Grade(s): Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4

Biographical Information

Dr. Keiser was previously the school division’s Director of Talent, where her primary responsibilities included the recruitment and hiring of employees across the school division, including as many as 200 or more teachers each year; leading the search process for new administrators for the division’s 25 schools; and succession planning at the school and central office levels. One area where Dr. Keiser’s leadership has had a substantial impact this year was in expanding the diversity of the division’s faculty. In the 2021-22 school year, following several initiatives designed by Dr. Keiser, almost 20% of new hires were teachers of color, which represented an increase of 70% from the prior year.

In Dr. Keiser's new role as Albemarle County Public Schools' new Assistant Superintendent for School Community Engagement Dr. Keiser will lead the implementation of such strategic plan values as family and community partnerships and goals that include affirming and empowering communities and making possible equitable and transformative resources for all students. Dr. Keiser will direct the Office of Family and Community Partnership, the Office of Strategic Communications, and the school division’s equity education specialists and volunteer and outreach programs.

Dr. Keiser’s career in education spans 24 years, 13 of them in senior leadership roles. Dr. Keiser began her career as an elementary school teacher in Sussex County and later was a supervisor with UVA’s Graduate School of Education. Among the organizations she has served during her career are Virginia’s Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the American Educational Research Association, the Board of the African-American Teaching Fellows, Women Education Leaders in Virginia, and the Virginia Associations of Elementary and Secondary School Principals.


Additional Information


Ph.D (Doctor of Philosophy; Education-Administration and Supervision)

Educational Leadership; Curriculum & Instruction; Student Achievement; Human Resources; Instructional Technology