Spotswood Elementary Principal Takes Newly Created Job

Conners To Oversee City Schools’ Training, Teacher Development

Posted: September 7, 2013

HARRISONBURG — A Harrisonburg City Public Schools principal is set to assume a newly created position in the division’s central office that will focus on professional development.


Ann Conners, principal of Spotswood Elementary School, will become the division’s first supervisor of training and teacher development in the division’s central office on Monday.


Conners started her career as a teacher in 1978 in Augusta County and has been with Harrisonburg Schools since 1984. She previously worked as a teacher, assistant principal and principal at Keister Elementary School before coming to Spotswood as principal in the mid-2000s.


“I’ve always been a big supporter of professional development and would like nothing better than the opportunity to do it over time with a group of people in order to really make a difference in the teaching/learning process,” Conners said by phone Wednesday.


Superintendent Scott Kizner said the new position was created to help fill a division goal of increasing professional development opportunities.


Conners is in the process of showing her predecessor the ropes at Spotswood Elementary.


Joy Blosser, a reading coach for the division, will replace Conners as principal.


Blosser started her career as a teacher in 2000, then came to Harrisonburg City Schools in 2010 when she took an assistant principal’s position at Stone Spring Elementary School. In 2011, she became the K-12 literacy coordinator for the division.


As Spotswood’s new principal, Blosser will oversee more than 400 students and the day-to-day operations of the school, which includes nearly 100 teachers and staff.


Staci Hartman, an instructional coach at Stone Spring Elementary School, will take over Blosser’s former role at the central office.


Hartman joined the division in 2006-07, having previously worked in Rockingham County Public Schools. Hartman has worked at Spotswood and Stone Spring elementary schools and held jobs as an ESL literacy teacher and a reading specialist.


Most recently, she was an instructional coach at Stone Spring Elementary. She has been teaching since 1994.


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