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Assistant superintendent has been chosen

PULASKI COUNTY — The Pulaski County Public School system has chosen a new individual to take on the role of assistant superintendent for administration.
Dr. Thomas Brewster, who has served as the coordinator of student services for the past two years, will now fill the position as assistant superintendent, which was recently left vacant upon the retirement of Libby Vansant.
“I didn’t know it would be this soon,” said Brewster, who has worked closely with Vansant over the past two years and therefore was exposed to the daily activities of the job. “But I knew it was a position I would one day aspire to.”
After the position opened up, Brewster said that he was honored to have the opportunity to apply and to have been selected for what he described as a “wonderful opportunity,” both career-wise and personally.
Now that the job is his, Brewster said he feels “extremely fortunate to have a school board and superintendent with a clear vision for the future” and that he is “happy to work as part of that team to bring their vision to fruition.”
As for his goals as assistant superintendent, Brewster said there are two that stand out at the top of his list.
The first is to continue to implement the student assistance policy set forth by the board last spring into a “world-class” policy. He added that this student assistance policy goes along with the belief that in order for students to be successful, their school system has to provide them with opportunities for support.
Brewster’s second goal is to focus on putting the threat assessment model, which was developed last year, into place. He said that he wants to continue working with New River Valley Community Services and Pulaski Community Partners Coalition to partner to provide staff development and training to improve recognition of students’ behavior in the classroom that may lead to threats later on. He added that he wants there to be a “clear process” for catching on to this behavior before these threatening situations occur.
In the short period of time that Brewster has held the position as assistant superintendent, he said he has “already met wonderful people in the community who are willing to assist our children,” and that he looks forward to making connections with community partners and all stakeholders in the school system, including students, parents, teachers and members of the community.
Brewster, who resides in Bluefield with his wife and three children, graduated from Bluefield College in 1991 with a bachelor of arts degree in social studies and education. He began his teaching career at Graham High School, and while there, he earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Radford University. In 1996, he became assistant principal at Tazewell High School and the following year, he was promoted to principal at Pocahontas High School. During that time, he completed his doctorate at Virginia Tech in educational leadership and policy studies.
In 2001, Brewster was employed as an assistant professor of education at Concord University, where he also served as the director of institutional assessment. During his tenure, he also served as a member of the Graduate Council, Faculty Senate, and as a consultant for the Coalfield Rural Systemic Initiative. He also assisted with the development of an educational leadership cognate for the masters of education program. In 2006, he accepted the position as coordinator of student services for Pulaski County Public Schools.
In April 2006, Brewster was appointed by Gov. Tim Kaine to the Virginia State Board of Education. In July 2006, he was elected by his colleagues from across the country to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Boards of Education.
Brewster also serves on the board of directors for the Virginia Career Education Foundation, the Commonwealth Educational Roundtable, and serves as vice chairman on the Southwest Community College Local Advisory Board.

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Assistant superintendent has been chosen

PULASKI COUNTY — The Pulaski County Public School system has chosen a new individual to take on the role of assistant superintendent for administration.
Dr. Thomas Brewster, who has served as the coordinator of student services for the past two years, will now fill the position as assistant superintendent, which was recently left vacant upon the retirement of Libby Vansant.
“I didn’t know it would be this soon,” said Brewster, who has worked closely with Vansant over the past two years and therefore was exposed to the daily activities of the job. “But I knew it was a position I would one day aspire to.”
After the position opened up, Brewster said that he was honored to have the opportunity to apply and to have been selected for what he described as a “wonderful opportunity,” both career-wise and personally.
Now that the job is his, Brewster said he feels “extremely fortunate to have a school board and superintendent with a clear vision for the future” and that he is “happy to work as part of that team to bring their vision to fruition.”
As for his goals as assistant superintendent, Brewster said there are two that stand out at the top of his list.
The first is to continue to implement the student assistance policy set forth by the board last spring into a “world-class” policy. He added that this student assistance policy goes along with the belief that in order for students to be successful, their school system has to provide them with opportunities for support.
Brewster’s second goal is to focus on putting the threat assessment model, which was developed last year, into place. He said that he wants to continue working with New River Valley Community Services and Pulaski Community Partners Coalition to partner to provide staff development and training to improve recognition of students’ behavior in the classroom that may lead to threats later on. He added that he wants there to be a “clear process” for catching on to this behavior before these threatening situations occur.
In the short period of time that Brewster has held the position as assistant superintendent, he said he has “already met wonderful people in the community who are willing to assist our children,” and that he looks forward to making connections with community partners and all stakeholders in the school system, including students, parents, teachers and members of the community.
Brewster, who resides in Bluefield with his wife and three children, graduated from Bluefield College in 1991 with a bachelor of arts degree in social studies and education. He began his teaching career at Graham High School, and while there, he earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Radford University. In 1996, he became assistant principal at Tazewell High School and the following year, he was promoted to principal at Pocahontas High School. During that time, he completed his doctorate at Virginia Tech in educational leadership and policy studies.
In 2001, Brewster was employed as an assistant professor of education at Concord University, where he also served as the director of institutional assessment. During his tenure, he also served as a member of the Graduate Council, Faculty Senate, and as a consultant for the Coalfield Rural Systemic Initiative. He also assisted with the development of an educational leadership cognate for the masters of education program. In 2006, he accepted the position as coordinator of student services for Pulaski County Public Schools.
In April 2006, Brewster was appointed by Gov. Tim Kaine to the Virginia State Board of Education. In July 2006, he was elected by his colleagues from across the country to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Boards of Education.
Brewster also serves on the board of directors for the Virginia Career Education Foundation, the Commonwealth Educational Roundtable, and serves as vice chairman on the Southwest Community College Local Advisory Board.

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