Dr. Amy Cashwell, Superintendent

Read more about Dr. Cashwell on the superintendent’s page.


Dr. Beth Teigen, Deputy Superintendent



As deputy superintendent of Henrico Schools, Dr. Beth Teigen oversees departments, offices and directors of:

Before joining Henrico County Public Schools, Dr. Teigen worked for Chesterfield County Public Schools for 17 years, as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and executive director of school administration.

Dr. Teigen has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry with a minor in mathematics from James Madison University, and a master’s degree in administration and supervision from the University of Virginia. In 2009 she completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree in educational leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Chris Sorensen, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Administration



As assistant superintendent for finance and administration, Chris Sorensen provides direction for the division’s departments and directors of:

Before joining Henrico County Public Schools in 2017, Sorensen worked in financial management leadership positions in local school divisions, as well as in local and state government. He is a graduate of Highland Springs High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and planning, and a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Lesley Hughes, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction


Henrico Schools’ assistant superintendent for instruction supervises the departments and offices of:

Before joining Henrico County Public Schools, Dr. Hughes served as the executive director of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Office of Elementary Teaching and Learning. Before that, she was an elementary principal, elementary assistant principal, instructional specialist and teacher with Virginia Beach Schools.

Dr. Hughes received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s in elementary education. She received her master’s and doctor of education degree from The George Washington University in administration and supervision, and in educational administration and policy studies. Her professional interests revolve around literacy and personalized learning. It is her desire that every student possess the skills and strategies necessary to be lifelong learners. In addition, Dr. Hughes believes that every child should be able to access their learning in a manner that is conducive to their learning style and have access to a curriculum that meets their individual needs. 

Dr. Nyah Hamlett, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support



As assistant superintendent for instructional support, Dr. Nyah Hamlett provides leadership for the departments of: 

Dr. Hamlett previously served Henrico Schools in a variety of roles including director of Exceptional Education, reading specialist and special education teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology and audiology; dual master’s degrees in reading and administration and supervision; and a post-master’s professional teaching license with endorsements in learning disabilities; K-12 reading specialization; and administration and supervision. She earned her doctorate in educational policy, planning and leadership from The College of William and Mary. Dr. Hamlett is married with three children.

Assistant Superintendent for Operations


Assistant Superintendent for Operations leads the division of Operations which includes the departments of:

This includes new school construction, land acquisition and maintaining Henrico Schools’ 72 schools and program centers.

Andy Jenks, Director of Communications and Public Relations



Andy Jenks serves as the chief spokesperson for Henrico County Public Schools and, as director of the Communications and Public Relations department, leads offices and specialists devoted to:

Before joining Henrico Schools in 2012, Jenks was a television news anchor and reporter at NBC12 in Richmond. He is a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School for Public Communications. Andy and his wife live in Henrico County. Their three children are expected to be part of the graduating classes of 2028, 2029 and 2031.

Dr. Monica Manns, Director of Equity and Diversity



The office of Equity and Diversity develops, implements and assesses the division’s short- and long-range cultural diversity plans, and coordinates related professional development for staff members. As director, Monica Manns works with other HCPS departments on a variety of efforts:

  • Reviewing and revising academic programs and curricula
  • Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce
  • Serving as a contact point for parent and employee concerns about cultural diversity
  • Building connections with community organizations
  • Coaching and training students, families and employees on cultural diversity issues
  • Facilitating the school division’s Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee

Dr. Manns has worked in both the nonprofit and public sectors in a variety of capacities. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Berea College in Kentucky. She has a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Kentucky; a master’s degree in education from Virginia Tech; a doctorate in Educational Policy, Planning & Leadership with a concentration in Special Education Administration from William & Mary, and a certificate in educational administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is married with two children, one of whom attends Henrico County Public Schools.

Dr. Nancy Jones-Oltjenbruns, Director of Human Resources (Interim)



Among the responsibilities of the director of human resources is overseeing the school division’s efforts at building and retaining the school division’s team of exceptional employees. The director supervises offices and specialists devoted to:

The Human Resources department handles full- and part-time staffing and retention for all of HCPS’ 72 schools and program centers, as well as departments that include Transportation, Construction and Maintenance and School Nutrition Services. The Human Resources department also supervises such areas as the division’s efforts in licensure, compliance, workers’ compensation and the Americans with Disabilities Act.