Carrville Elementary changing leadership

Published 3:41 pm Monday, May 6, 2019

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By Lynn Briggs


Three administrative changes are taking place in Isle of Wight County Schools, two of which affect Carrsville Elementary.

Pam Hatfield will join the staff of Carrsville Elementary School as their new principal. Hatfield has been with Isle of Wight County Schools since 2004 where she served as a Kindergarten, second and third grade teacher at Windsor Elementary. In 2013, Pam was named Title I Specialist and Parent Liaison for the division. Most recently, Hatfield is the Instructional Coordinator of Pre-School, K-12 English and Title I, II and III programs.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the students, families, faculty and staff members of Carrsville Elementary,” said Hatfield. “I am excited to be working with each and every one to ensure our students are able to develop their unique gifts and talents. Go Bulldogs!”

Clint Walters will become the Instructional Coordinator for Pre-School, K-12 English and Title I, II and III programs. Walters began his teaching career in 2002 at Smithfield High School. He served as an assistant principal at Hardy Elementary School, principal of Westside, and has been principal at Carrsville Elementary since 2015.

“I have eight years of experience as a building administrator working with Title I and pre-school programs,” said Walters. “I believe the perspective I will bring to this position will benefit the children and employees across the division.”

Matt Johnson will fill the position of principal at Smithfield Middle School. Johnson began his career teaching sixth grade at Westside Elementary. He was hired as an assistant principal for Hardy Elementary for the 2017-2018 school year. He holds the position of Instructional Coordinator for the Accelerate program.

“We can’t just be good anymore in education, we must be remarkable, willing to take risks, be reflective and grow,” said Johnson. “It’s time to instill a mindset of being all in and doing whatever it takes to create an environment that sparks wonder, joy and a passion for learning. I am looking forward to being a difference maker for the families of Smithfield Middle.”

“I am very pleased to have current members of our team growing their leadership skills by taking on these new responsibilities,” said Division Superintendent Dr. Jim Thornton. “I believe these individuals will continue moving the division forward as we focus on improving the educational experience for every child in all of our schools.”


LYNN BRIGGS is the director of community and media relations for IWCS. Contact her at 364-1611 or