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Henrico educator is new MHS principal


The Middlesex School Board has appointed Stephen Castle as the principal of Middlesex High School for the 2009-10 school year.

“Mr. Castle was the consensus top choice during the panel portion of the interview process and performed admirably during the second round interviews as well,” said school superintendent Rusty Fairheart last week. 

“I am excited about the opportunity to work with Mr. Castle and feel he possesses the professional experience and skills necessary to enhance our educational programming at Middlesex High School,” said Fairheart.

“I am currently working with Mr. Castle to identify a date that he is available to visit Middlesex High School and be introduced to the faculty and staff,” said Fairheart.

Castle graduated from James Madison University in 1995 with a BA in history. As a social studies teacher, Castle taught history and U.S. government for six years at Henrico High School. He worked three more years in the Henrico School System as an instructional technology instructor.

He later completed his master’s in administration and supervision from the University of Virginia. 

Since 2004, he has been an assistant principal at Colonial Heights Middle School. 

He also is currently working on his doctoral degree in administration and supervision at UVa.

Castle grew up in the Richmond area. He has been married for 14 years and he and his wife have three children. He enjoys volleyball, singing, fishing, hunting and playing with his children at the river.

“I’m grateful to have been selected as the new principal of Middlesex High School,” said Castle. “It is a privilege to work in this community and I look forward to serving the students in Middlesex.”

Castle replaces Chris Valdrighi, who resigned earlier this year.  Assistant superintendent of schools Rashad Wright has been serving as interim principal at MHS. 

posted 05.27.2009

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