Two named for school positions

Published 10:54 pm Friday, May 13, 2016

Replacements have been named by the Suffolk School Board for two longtime employees who are retiring.

Daniel O’Leary will become principal at Nansemond River High School on July 1, replacing longtime principal Thomas McLemore after his retirement.

In addition, Dr. Suzanne Rice has been promoted to assistant superintendent for student services, a position renamed from chief of operations, filling the retirement of Douglas Dohey.

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O’Leary has been a middle school principal for 14 years, at John Yeates Middle School since 2006 and at Forest Glen Middle School from 2002 to 2006.

He also served as assistant principal at Lakeland High School for four years and was a teacher at John Yeates Middle, John F. Kennedy Middle, Forest Glen Middle and Nansemond River High schools. He started with Suffolk Public Schools in 1990.

O’Leary earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his master’s degree from Old Dominion University.

Rice has been director of human resources for the last three years. She was also principal at King’s Fork High School for five years and at Oakland Elementary School for 10 years. She started with Suffolk Public Schools in 1987 as a teacher and taught at Southwestern Intermediate School and John F. Kennedy Middle School. She has also taught in Accomack County Public Schools for three years.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Radford University, her master’s degree from Old Dominion University and her doctorate degree from the University of Virginia.