Dr. Doretha White is principal of Dreamkeepers Academy at J. J. Roberts Elementary School, previously known as Roberts Park Elementary School, in Norfolk. Before Dr. White became principal of Roberts Park in 1999, it had been placed on state academic warning. White aggressively reorganized the school, implementing teams of Title I and resource teachers, boosting parental involvement through monthly "Standards of Learning Family Nights," and providing parents with remedial education strategies at regular "Chew and Chat" meetings. Within one year, the number of students meeting state standards in social studies jumped 70 percent and Roberts Park became one of the first Title I schools in Virginia to be fully accredited. In 2007, Dreamkeepers Academy was selected as a Virginia Title I Distinguished School, and was the recipient of Fordham University's National School Change Award. Prior to becoming principal, Dr. White was among the first classroom teachers in the state to effectively pilot computer-based learning units. She is an adjunct professor at Norfolk State University and a frequent contributor to NASA's educational programs.
The Virginian-Pilot | Dec 29 , 2019 | Virginia Beach, VA
1980 East Carolina University, B.S.