Daphne R. Keiser, current director of Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC); former principal of Burnley-Moran and Clark Elementary School in Charlottesville, has worked with students in challenging circumstances throughout her career. She began as a teacher in an impoverished area, where she arranged field trips for her students-often paying for these trips out of her own pocket-so that they could see other parts of the community and attain a sense of hope. As an assistant principal (Walker Elementary School; Charlottesville), Ms. Keiser helped at-risk boys and girls achieve greater academic success by connecting them to mentors, communicating with their parents and creating an incentive awards program. In this leadership role, she implemented new programs such as CATEC Kid’s College, Busy Bee, Burnley-Moran Extension, GIFT, & Walker Academy, designed to help African-American boys & girls improve their academic achievement, and an after-school program that involves parents and university students. Within two years as assistant principal, she was promoted to the position of principal and has been in the principalship for 13 years. This is the second year in the current position as Director of CATEC. With such highly effective educational leadership, she has done more than improve students' test scores-she has changed their lives.
Ph.D (Doctor of Philosophy; Education-Administration and Supervision)