• Dr. Amy E. Cashwell became superintendent of Henrico County Public Schools in July of 2018. A longtime educator, Cashwell comes to Henrico with a wealth of experience and a passion for public education.

    Before becoming superintendent, Cashwell was chief academic officer for Virginia Beach Schools’ Department of Teaching and Learning. She oversaw a number of departments, including those dealing with instruction, instructional technology, student support services, exceptional education, and opportunity and achievement. She joined Virginia Beach Schools in 1998 as a teacher before becoming an assistant principal and principal. She assumed the role of chief academic officer in 2013.

    During her time in Virginia Beach, Cashwell concentrated on a variety of initiatives, including those related to equity, social and emotional support systems for students, exceptional education, and technology. In 2016 she was recognized by the Virginia Society for Technology in Education as its Outstanding Educator of the Year for her role in launching a school-based instructional technology support program. The Center for Digital Education, a national education research and media group, named her one of its top 30 “technologists, transformers and trailblazers” for 2017. The group cited Cashwell’s leadership in carving out an independent role for instructional technology, and in helping schools become laboratories for testing the instructional possibilities of new technology.

    Cashwell is an alumna of Longwood University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and education. She earned a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from the George Washington University. Cashwell also earned a doctorate from George Washington, in education administration and policy studies. She is originally from Virginia Beach.

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  • Chris Sorensen joined the Division Leadership Team in September 2017. Before joining Henrico County Public Schools, Chris worked in financial management leadership positions in local school divisions, as well as local and state government. 

    In his role as the assistant superintendent for finance and administration, Chris provides direction for the division’s budget, finance, payroll, general services and policy offices. 

    Chris 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. Beth Teigen joined the Division Leadership Team in April of 2016. Before joining Henrico County Public Schools, Dr. Teigen worked for Chesterfield County Public Schools for 17 years.

    Dr. Teigen began teaching mathematics at Lloyd C. Bird High School in 1999. Over the years, she developed the curriculum for several of the math and engineering courses within the Governor’s Academy of Engineering Studies. After six years of teaching various math and engineering courses, Dr. Teigen transitioned into administration, serving as assistant principal at both Lloyd C. Bird and Cosby high schools in Chesterfield.

    Dr. Teigen later returned to Lloyd C. Bird High School as the principal. She served in this capacity for four years before transitioning to executive director of school administration in 2011. In this position she supervised elementary, middle and high school education; career and technical education; pupil placement and student discipline; safety and security; student support services (pre-kindergarten, Title I, ESL, response to intervention, school counseling, school psychology and school social work); and school nurses.

    Dr. Teigen has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry with a minor in mathematics from James Madison University, and she has 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.

  • Dr. Nyah Hamlett joined the Division Leadership Team in July of 2014 after serving for two years as the director of exceptional education and another four years as an exceptional education coordinator, then specialist. Dr. Hamlett has served as a special education teacher at both the middle and high school levels in Virginia Beach City Public Schools, where she began her teaching career. She has also worked as a Title I reading specialist and coach at Henrico Schools’ Lakeside Elementary School. Dr. Hamlett 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 specialist and administration and supervision. She earned her doctorate from  The College of William and Mary. As the assistant superintendent for instructional support, Dr. Hamlett supervises and supports exceptional education (special education and gifted education), which includes response to intervention to numerous Henrico Schools offices and departments: ESL and World Languages, School Improvement and Professional Development, Foundational Learning and Family Engagement (Pre-School, Title I, and Family Engagement), Student Support and Disciplinary Review, School Counseling, School Social Work, and School Psychology. Dr. Hamlett is married with three children and lives in Henrico County.

  • Al Ciarochi has served Henrico County Public Schools for more than 25 years. He joined the Division Leadership Team in 2013 following a diverse career serving as a teacher and administrator. He presently leads the HCPS Division of Operations which includes new school construction, land acquisition, facility maintenance, operational technology, pupil transportation and school safety/emergency management. Earlier in his career, he served as a technology education teacher at Hermitage High School, assistant principal at Hermitage High School, principal at Short Pump Middle School, as principal of Highland Springs High School, and as director of construction and maintenance.

    Al was raised in Henrico County and is a 1988 graduate of Highland Springs High School. He earned his undergraduate degree in secondary education from Old Dominion University and graduate degree in educational leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • Andy Jenks joined the Division Leadership Team of HCPS in 2012 following a 12-year career as a television news anchor and reporter. He spent nearly six years with NBC12 in Richmond following seven years with television stations in Utica, N.Y. and Syracuse, N.Y. He now directs the Communications and Public Relations department which includes serving as the chief spokesperson for Henrico County Public Schools. Other duties include overseeing our media services, television services, special event planning, and the school division’s numerous forms of internal and external communications.

    Andy was raised in upstate New York. He’s a 2001 graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School for Public Communications with a major in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science. 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.

  • Monica R. Manns grew up in Roanoke and in Silver Spring, Md. 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; and a certificate in educational administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has worked in both the nonprofit and public sectors in a variety of capacities. She is familiar with Henrico County Public Schools and previously served as the department chair for special education at the Academy at Virginia Randolph, as well as a prevention specialist for the division. She oversees Henrico Schools’ efforts at increasing equity and diversity. She is married with two children who attend Henrico County Public Schools.