School Readiness Committee

The Office of the Secretary of Education is pleased to announce inaugural members of the new Committee, which will serve 2, 3 and 4 year terms beginning July 1, 2016. Thank you to everyone who applied for and nominated candidates for the Committee!

Read the full text of the release here

History of the Committee

The School Readiness Committee was created by the 2016 General Assembly via HB 46. In recognition of the fact that one of the most important factors in learning outcomes for young children is the capabilities of the adults who support their growth and learning, the first goal of the Committee is to address the development and alignment of an effective professional development and credentialing system for the early childhood education workforce in the Commonwealth.

Additionally, the Committee will periodically review the goals and other priorities within the early childhood care and education systems and make recommendations to various policymakers.  

Committee Members

School Readiness Committee Members:

  • Maritsa Alger of Newport News, Principal, Norfolk Public Schools
  • Dr. Rosemary Burton of Woodbridge, Vice President of Accreditation and Industry Relations, Merit Academy
  • Dr. Irene Carney of Richmond, Executive Director, Sabot at Stony Point
  • Dr. Christopher Chin of Moseley, Director of Community Partnerships, Robins Foundation
  • Dr. Walter Clemons of Gloucester, Superintendent, Gloucester County Public Schools
  • Navine Fortune of Virginia Beach, Assistant Program Director and Instructor, Norfolk State University
  • Kathy Glazer of Richmond, President, Virginia Early Childhood Foundation
  • Mark Gordon of Richmond, CEO, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital, and Rappahannock General Hospital, Bon Secours Health System
  • Dr. Bonnie Graham of Dublin, Professor and Program Head, Human Services and Early Childhood, New River Community College
  • Phillip Hawkins, Jr. of Norfolk, Teacher, Norfolk Public Schools
  • Lisa Howard of Norfolk, President and CEO, Elevate Early Education
  • Gail Johnson of Richmond, President and CEO, Rainbow Station
  • Andrew Ko of Loudoun, Managing Director, Global Education- Amazon Web Services
  • Rob Krupicka of Alexandria, former Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates
  • Henry Light of Norfolk, Member, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
  • Shelley Lingamfelter of Woodbridge, retired teacher, Prince William County Public Schools
  • Toni Marchese of Arlington, Preschool Director and Teacher, St. Ann Catholic School
  • Dr. Sara Miller of Moseley, Assistant Professor, Longwood University
  • Dr. Craig Ramey of Roanoke, Professor of Human Development, Psychology and Pediatrics, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
  • Dr. Christine Schull of Fairfax, Professor, Northern Virginia Community College
  • Walter Stosch of Glen Allen, former Senator, Senate of Virginia
  • Gary Thomson of Richmond, Regional Managing Partner, Mid-Atlantic, Dixon Hughes Goodman
  • Janet Turner-Giles of Afton, Member, Nelson County School Board
  • Anne-Marie Twohie of Reston, Director, Fairfax County Office for Children
  • Barry Weinstein of Fairfax, retired teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools 

Members of House of Delegates:

  • Delegate John Bell
  • Delegate Mark Dudenhefer
  • Delegate Tag Greason
  • Delegate Roxann Robinson

Members of Senate:

  • Senator Siobhan Dunnavant
  • Senator Adam Ebbin
  • Senator David Sutterlein

Ex Officio Members:

  • Dr. Steven Staples, Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Margaret Schultze, Virginia Department of Social Services
  • Dr. William Hazel, Secretary of Health and Human Resources
  • Dr. Dietra Trent, Secretary of Education

Stay Connected

If you have questions about the Committee would like to sign up for email updates, please contact Cassandra Willis in the Secretary’s office at 804-786-1151 or tell us what you think here.

Upcoming Meetings

Priorities Subcommittee
June 22, 2-4pm
VECF Offices
Parham Road, Richmond

Standards Subcommittee
June 28 from 9-11am
VECF Offices
Parham Road, Richmond

Pathways Subcommittee

June 30 from 9-11am
VECF Offices
Parham Road, Richmond

Committee Meeting
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 
1-4pm in the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond


Recent Meetings

Standards Subcommittee
Friday, May 12, 2017
1-4pm at the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Office

Committee Meeting  
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 
PHB-West Reading Room 11-2pm

State Priorities Subcommittee
Monday, May 8, 2017
9am – 12noon at the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Office

Pathways Subcommittee
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 
1-4pm at the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Office

December 8, 2016 
School Readiness Committee Meetings 
Williams Mullen 
1021 E. Cary Street 
Richmond, VA

November 10, 2016
10am in Richmond, VA

September 8, 2016
10am - 1pm
Meeting Minutes

August 4th, 2016

1pm via conference call.



Committee Resources Dropbox (Note: this link takes you to an outside website)