Dr. Tameshia Grimes: Impacting K-12 education in central Va.
The VCU School of Education celebrates the accomplishments of its Black faculty, staff, students and alumni and will highlight an individual each week to illustrate their achievements. This week, we spotlight Tameshia Grimes, Ph.D., superintendent of Nottoway County Public Schools, and a 2010 graduate of the school’s Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy and Justice program.
Before beginning her doctoral program here in 2005, Grimes served as an assistant principal at Manchester Middle School in Chesterfield County for three years. After earning her doctoral degree in 2010, she became the first director of equity and student support services for Chesterfield County Public Schools. In this role, she oversaw the offices of adult and alternative education, early childhood special education, English for speakers of other languages, homebound services, pre-K, as well as school counseling, nursing, psychology and social work. Overall, she spent 21 years in Chesterfield County as a teacher, coach and administrator.
In June 2019, Grimes was voted the eighth superintendent of Nottoway County Public Schools since its consolidation as a division in 1970. She has shown tremendous leadership for Nottoway schools throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Most recently, Grimes led a successful effort to award $1,000 bonuses to all 318 employees of Nottoway County Public Schools for their service and dedication to their positions during the pandemic. These bonuses included both full-time and part-time employees.
We are proud to celebrate Dr. Tameshia Grimes and her impact on K-12 education here in central Virginia.