Mr. Thomas R. Smigiel, Jr., Principal

Phone: 757.451.4110, ex. 0

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Mr. Thomas R. Smigiel, Jr., Principal

Mr. Smigiel is a lifetime resident of Norfolk and was raised in the Ocean View and Bayview sections of Norfolk. An award-winning educator, Mr. Smigiel has dedicated his professional career to helping the children of Norfolk be successful in school and their personal lives. He was recognized as the 2007 Norfolk Teacher of the Year and subsequently was selected as the 2008 Virginia Teacher of the Year.  Also, in 2008, he became the first Norfolk teacher, and only the fifth Virginian, to be one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year.  He was also honored for his work in education with the 2009 Old Dominion University Distinguished Alumni Award. 

Mr. Smigiel is a proud graduate of Norview High School. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Interdisciplinary Studies (4th – 8th Grade Science and Social Studies) from Old Dominion University.  He also received a Minor in World Geography, as well as completed an endorsement in Earth Science.  While attending Old Dominion University, he served as Student Body President and was recognized for his leadership and vision by being named Student Leader of the Year and was a finalist for the distinguished Kaufman Prize.  He later returned to school and received his Master’s Degree in School Administration and Supervision from Cambridge College.  Mr. Smigiel is currently finishing his Education Specialist Degree and starting doctoral work at Walden University.

In 2000, Mr. Smigiel returned to his alma mater Norview, and taught earth science and leadership for eight years. He helped increase pass rates on the Virginia Standard’s of Learning tests from 29% to 85%. For his work, he was recognized as Norfolk Public School’s Science Teacher of the Year. In 2005, he developed a leadership program to help at-risk 9th graders stay in school, which was successful and raised the promotion rate.

Mr. Smigiel was an Assistant Principal for six years, serving at both Granby and Lake Taylor High Schools.  After serving five years as an Assistant Principal at Granby High School, in July 2014 he was selected as a planning principal to develop a new citywide lottery specialty program at the former Lafayette-Winona Middle School.  In 2015, Academy for Discovery at Lakewood (known as ADL) opened its doors to over 600 third through eighth-graders from across the city. The school eventually grew to 750 students, specializing in Project-Based Learning and becoming a fully authorized International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme.  In 2019, ADL was recognized by the Virginia Department of Education as an Exemplar School for Continuous Improvement and a Purple Star School Award.

As an administrator, Mr. Smigiel has worked in all aspects of school leadership and management.  He particularly enjoys working with teachers on increasing their pedagogical content knowledge, helping students realize their potential, building a strong and inclusive school culture, and increasing parental/community involvement at the school.

His wife Shannon is a Norfolk Public School’s Elementary School Counselor, and they have three children that all attend Norfolk Public Schools. They live in the Ocean View section of Norfolk.

Responsibilities

Focus Area(s): Overall School Accountability (Accreditation, Attendance, Instructional Program, & Overall On-Time Graduation), School Communications & School Partnerships

Evaluation and Supervision: Assistant Principals, Athletic Director, Attendance Technician, Gifted Resource Teacher, Graduation Coach, Health and Physical Education, IB Coordinator, Media Specialists, Office Staff, & School Counselors

Responsibilities:

Overall School Accountability

  • Academic Data Review
  • Accreditation Monitoring
  • Attendance Report Monitoring
  • District & State Surveys
  • Drop-Out Prevention & Monitoring
  • GED Program (Boone)
  • GradPoint (Singleton)
  • Instructional Leadership Team Planning
  • IB Diploma Program
  • On-Time Graduation Reports and Monitoring
  • Project Graduation Budget
  • School Planning & Management Team
  • Summative Matrix & Meeting
  • TalentEd Set-up

School Communications

  • Athletics
  • Blackboard Communication System Messages
  • Business & Community Partnership Development
  • Comet Ambassadors
  • Out-of-District Permit Monitoring
  • School Branding & Image
  • Social Media
  • Web Site

School Partnerships

  • Alumni Events
  • Athletics
  • Booster Club
  • Civic Leagues
  • Communities in Schools
  • FASN/L’EFAN
  • ODU Partnership
  • Parent Teacher Student Association
Ms. Lisa Hillian, Assistant Principal/Academy D

Phone: 757.451.4110

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Ms. Lisa Hillian, Assistant Principal/Academy D

Ms. Hillian is a lifetime resident of Norfolk and was reared in the Larrymore Lawns section. She attended Larrymore Elementary, Rosemont Middle School (Now Academy of International Studies) and Lake Taylor High School. While in Middle and High School, she was in the Gifted Performing Arts Program Norfolk Public Schools Performing Arts Repertory. Ms. Hillian comes from a line of educators. She has always believed that a child’s future is important and will do anything to ensure their success.

Ms. Hillian attended Winston-Salem State University and received her Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Elementary Education. During her last year of college, she joined the Army National Guard and served from 2001-2008. She later returned to school and received a Master’s of Business Administration-EB degree (MBA) from the University of Phoenix. Finally, in 2009, she received her Education Specialist (Ed.S) degree from The George Washington University in School Administration and Supervision.

Ms. Hillian began her teaching career in 2001 as an English Teacher at Lake Taylor Middle School. In 2004, Ms. Hillian became an English teacher at Granby High School. She worked with the Freshman Success Program. From 2009-2015, Ms. Hillian worked as Dean of Students at Azalea Gardens and Northside Middle Schools. Finally in 2015, she returned to Granby High School as an Assistant Principal. As an administrator, her current duties consist of Special Education, 504 Plan Supervision, District and State Testing, Summative Evaluation Matrix and Meeting, State and National Surveys, and the Professional Development Calendar.

Ms. Hillian enjoys working with students on all levels to reach success; supporting teachers in growing in their craft of teaching; developing organization and processes that help the school run on a daily basis and working with parents.

Ms. Hillian enjoys living a healthy lifestyle, running and weightlifting. She believes this prepares her to help students, staff and parents each day. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Norfolk Secondary Principals Association (NSPA). Ms. Hillian resides in Norfolk.

Responsibilities

Focus Area(s): District & State Testing (District Benchmarks, Industry Certification Tests, SOL Remediation Plans, & SOL Testing), Special Education Compliance (Student Assistance Team & VAAP Testing). & 504 Plan Supervision.

Evaluation and Supervision: English, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, Special Education (Itinerant Teachers & Paraprofessionals)

Responsibilities

District & State Testing

  • Computer Lab Calendar and Use
  • CTE - Industry Certification Tests
  • District Benchmark Assessments
  • SchoolNet Administration
  • SOL Remediation Budget & Plan
  • SOL Testing Meetings
  • SOL Test Schedule
  • SOL Remediation Plan
  • STAR Universal Screening Assessments
  • Testing Technology Needs

Special Education Compliance

  • Indicator 13 Compliance
  • Paraprofessional Accountability & Schedules
  • Parental Rights & Responsibilities Booklet Distribution
  • SPED Teacher Training & Compliance
  • Student Assistance Team Monitoring
  • VAAP Testing

504 Plan Supervision

  • Case Manager Assignment
  • Implementing & Monitoring of Plans
Ms. Kim Jackson-Dinnall, Assistant Principal/Academy C

Phone: 757.451.4110

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Ms. Kim Jackson-Dinnall, Assistant Principal/Academy C

Entering her third year of Assistant Principalship at Granby High School, Mrs. Jackson-Dinnall is married, mother to two sons, and grandmother to six children (5 girls, 1 boy). Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Mrs. Jackson-Dinnall was raised in Boston, Massachusetts but frequented the Hampton Roads area throughout her life. She began her teaching career in Lynn, Massachusetts as an elementary substitute schoolteacher and was hired as a Grade 7 English teacher at the William H. Breed Middle School where she quickly moved up the ranks, working closely with the English Senior Coordinator and receiving personal training from John Collins, creator of the Collins Writing program. She became the Cluster Leader her second year and English department chair her third year of teaching at the William H. Breed Middle School.

Mrs. Jackson-Dinnall received her undergraduate degree in English from UMASS/Boston. While working as a middle school teacher, Mrs. Jackson-Dinnall graduated Magna Cum Laude earning a Master of Education degree in Secondary English from Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts. After relocating to Richmond, Virginia to care for her paternal grandmother and teaching in the Henrico County for three years, Mrs. Kim Jackson-Dinnall returned to Norfolk, Virginia in 2005 and interviewed at two high schools before accepting an English teaching position at Granby High School.  She acquired her second Master of Education degree in Leadership; graduating at the top of her class from the School of Education at Regent University in 2008.

After teaching English at Granby High School for three years, Mrs. Jackson-Dinnall accepted an English department chair position at the William H. Ruffner Middle School where she led the English/Communication department to its highest writing and reading scores for three consecutive years. Love of the content prompted her to return to Granby High School in 2010 where she soon became the English department chairperson. This marked a crucial time as the VDOE had redesigned the SOL assessment to include technology-enhanced items, yet the English department maintained passing rates of 85% and higher throughout her leadership.

Mrs. Jackson-Dinnall has faithfully served her community through creating her own non-profit called T.E.A.C.H! (Tidewater Educational Action for Change Here!) in 2014, remediating up to 25 students out of her home (one schoolhouse personalized model) until she acquired a building in the Wellington Oaks section of Norfolk at no cost to participants. Promoting the success of others is her lifework and the legacy that she will leave behind.

Responsibilities

Focus Area(s):  Staff Activities, Student Conduct and Safety (9th & 10th Graders (A-L), PBIS, & Teacher-Student Relationships), Student Morale, Recognition & School Spirit - 9th Grade, & Student Services 

Evaluation and SupervisionArts, Foreign Language, & NJROTC

Responsibilities:

Staff Activities

  • Hospitality Committee Liaison
  • Staff Appreciation Days

                 - Administrative Professionals

                 - Security

                 - Nurse

  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Teacher of the Year Selection
  • United Way

Student Morale, Recognition & School Spirit - 9th Grade

  • Development of 9th grade activities that promote student engagement and involvement

Student Safety and Conduct

  • Conflict Mediators and Mentors
  • PBIS Coordinator 
  • PBIS Plan Development
  • PBIS Staff Training
  • Restorative Justice Professional Development
  • Student Code of Conduct Distribution
  • Student Conduct Expectation Presentations

Student Services

  • 9th Grade  Programming & Transition (w/Mileur)
  • New Student Transition

 

Ms. Tori Jacobs-Sumbry, Assistant Principal/Academy D

Phone: 757.451.4110

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Ms. Tori Jacobs-Sumbry, Assistant Principal/Academy D

Tori Jacobs-Sumbry is a lifelong resident of Norfolk, Virginia.  Raised in the Norview area of the city, Mrs. Jacobs-Sumbry attended Surburban Park Elementary, Norview Elementary, Norview Middle, and Norview High.  Mrs. Jacobs-Sumbry was an honor graduate and completed  high school a year early.  She had a passion for tutoring her classmates and knew early that she wanted to teach mathematics.

Mrs. Jacobs-Sumbry was one of three students in Norfolk Public Schools awarded the Tomorrow’s Teacher Scholarship.  With a full academic scholarship sponsored by Norfolk Public Schools, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), and Mobile Oil, Mrs. Jacobs-Sumbry attended Virginia Tech and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics.  Immediately following graduation, Mrs. Jacobs-Sumbry returned to her alma mater, Norview High School (NHS), for her first teaching experience. She had a successful six year teaching career at NHS.  Amongst her many recognitions, she was featured in the Virginian Pilot, On track for success: Norfolk’s Norview High improves in SOLs, SATs article.  

From 2005 to 2009 Mrs. Jacobs-Sumbry was the math department chair at Rosemont Middle School. In 2009 she transitioned back to high school and was the math department chair at Lake Taylor High School until 2014.   During her teaching career Mrs. Jacobs-Sumbry taught courses ranging from Algebra I to Math Analysis, but her favorite subject was Geometry.  

In 2014 Mrs. Jacobs-Sumbry joined the “Comet Family” as an Assistant Principal.  During her tenure at Granby she’s been responsible for many areas of the school; however, her current responsibilities include the master scheduler, the 12th grade administrator, and supervision of the science and math departments. 

Mrs. Jacobs-Sumbry earned a Master of Arts in Urban Education from Norfolk State University in 2008.  In 2014 Mrs. Jacobs-Sumbry earned an Educational Specialist in Mathematics Education from Nova Southeastern University.  She is married to a retired United States Navy Veteran and has two children.  She enjoys working with students and attending community events.  She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.  Her motto is -Be the change you want to see in the world - Gandhi

Responsibilities

Focus Area(s):  English Language Learners, Instruction Operations, Principal Designee, Professional Development (Pre-Service Week Activities, On-going PD & Support, & Teacher Mentor Program), Scheduling, Technology & Virtual Learning, & Homebound Instruction

Evaluation and Supervision: ELL Teachers, Math, Science, ITRT, & Network Engineer

Responsibilities:

English Language Learners

  • Access for ELLs/WIDA Test Coordination (Hillian)
  • Program Development
  • Translation Services

Instructional Operations

  • AdvancedED Accreditation 
  • Dual Enrollment w/TCC
  • Homebound
  • National Math and Science Initiative
  • New Teachers Mentors
  • New Teacher Orientation
  • Practicum/Student Teachers
  • PLC Development
  • Professional Development Calendar and Opportunities
  • Textbook Inventory and Bookrooms
  • Textbook Ordering

Scheduling

  • Early Release Day Schedule
  • Exam Schedule
  • Main Course Schedule
  • Opening and Closing Procedures
  • Open House/PTC Day Schedule 

Technology & Virtual Learning

  • Computer Distribution
  • Professional Development for Online Learning 
  • Teacher Technology Needs
  • Virtual Virginia
Ms. Marie Mileur, Assistant Principal/Academy C

Phone: 757.451.4110

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Ms. Marie Mileur, Assistant Principal/Academy C

Ms. Marie Mileur was born and raised in Norfolk, where she graduated from the International Baccalaureate program at Granby High School in 2005. Both of her parents retired from careers at Norfolk Public Schools.

She attended Longwood University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies. After graduating in 2009, she was hired to teach elementary school and spent the last eleven years at Ocean View Elementary. She later graduated from The George Washington University, where she worked with an NPS cohort to earn her Master’s Degree in School Administration in 2015.  While at Ocean View, Ms. Mileur served as a grade-level chair, Lead Mentor, and was named the 2015 Ocean View Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Mileur currently lives in Norfolk with her two dogs, Wheeler and Boomer. Wheeler is named after a building on Longwood’s campus and Boomer is named for the Oklahoma Sooners (not the popular expression for a Baby Boomer).

Ms. Mileur is excited to relive her days as a Comet and she can’t wait to work with the faculty, students, and families of Granby High School.

Responsibilities

Focus Area(s):  Student Conduct and Safety (9th & 10th Graders (M-Z), Discipline Alternatives, In-School Suspension, Shining Stars, & Social Justice Programming), Student Morale, Recognition & School Spirit - 9th Grade, & Student Services (NPS Transportation) 

Evaluation and Supervision: Career and Technical Education, Nurse, School Resource Officer, Security Officers, & ISS Teacher

Responsibilities:

Student Morale, Recognition & School Spirit - 9th Grade

  • Development of 9th grade activities that promote student engagement and involvement

Student Safety and Conduct

  • Alternatives to Suspension Planning
  • Community Services Board Liaison
  • Grounds Patrol and Hallway Monitoring
  • In-School Suspension Plans and Practices
  • Saturday School Plans
  • School Security Operations and Schedule
  • Security Camera Maintenance
  • Shining Stars Program
  • Social Justice Professional Development Planning
  • Therapeutic Day Treatment Counselors and Promotion of Service

Student Services

  • Federal Cards
  • Locker Assignments
  • NPS Transportation
  • Student Parking
  • 9th Grade Programming & Transition (w/Jackson-Dinnall)
Ms. Deborah Self, Assistant Principal/Academy A

Phone: 757.451.4110

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Ms. Deborah Self, Assistant Principal/Academy A

Mrs. Self graduated from Petersburg High School (VA) and obtained a music scholarship from Norfolk State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public School Music. She also received her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix, and additional course work from Old Dominion University and Tidewater Community College.

During her tenure with Norfolk Public Schools, Mrs. Self began her career at Lake Taylor Middle School and received 3 School Bell Awards while serving in the following capacities: Director of Bands, Related Arts Department Chair, and Dean of Students. She also received a grant from the Virginia Department of Education that supported her action research project, “The Plight of and Empowering African American Male Students”. She also served as Dean of Students at Blair Middle School before becoming Assistant Principal at Granby High School.

While at Granby High School, Mrs. Self began the Honorable MENtioned and 1st Ladies programs, which is designed to empower and build the capacity of GHS male and female students. Students of this program have been featured on WTKR (Channel 3) News for its collaboration with the Norfolk Police Department’s T.R.U.E. Youth program.

Mrs. Self is a member of the National Association of Secondary Schools Principals, Virginia Association of Secondary Schools Principals, Norfolk Secondary Principals Association, National Education Association, Virginia Education Association, Education Association of Norfolk, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. A highlight in Mrs. Self’s musical career is that she was a member of the Olympic All-American Marching Band.

Mrs. Self believes that “All students have the capacity and potential to learn. It is incumbent upon educators to tap into their students’ potential that will ultimately allow them to experience the fruits of their labor as students thrive to become life-long learners and positive contributors to society”.

Responsibilities

Focus Area(s):  National Testing (Advanced Placement Testing & PSAT Testing Supervision), Operations (Building Cleanliness & Safety, Building Use w/ Smigiel, & Crisis Management Plan), Student Conduct (11th & 12th Graders, & On-Time Graduation Monitoring), Student Morale, Recognition & School Spirit w/ Harris

Evaluation and Supervision: Social Studies, & Custodians

Responsibilities:

National Testing

  • AP Testing Schedule and Administration
  • National Math and Science Initiative
  • PSAT/SAT Testing Schedule and Administration

Operations

  • Building Cleanliness
  • Building Maintenance 
  • Building Use Permits and Calendar w/Smigiel (Harris – Gym)
  • Bulletin Board & Display Case Monitoring
  • COVID-19/CDC Safety
  • Crisis Management Plan
  • Fire Drills
  • Furniture
  • Keys
  • Lock Down Drills
  • Risk Management
  • Tornado Drills

Student Morale, Recognition & School Spirit

  • District Awards
  • Honor Society Admin. Liaison
  • Honor Roll
  • Pep Rally Planning
  • SAT Club
  • Scholarship Recognition
  • Spirit Week Planning
Mr. Chris Harris, Athletic Director

Phone: 757-373-2870

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Mr. Chris Harris, Athletic Director

Chris Harris joined the Granby team as the new Athletic Director, July 2020.  Coach Harris grew up in Richmond and graduated from Freeman High School where he was a regional champion and All-State Wrestler.   Chris was an Assistant Wrestling Coach at Mills Godwin High School in Richmond, before becoming the Head Coach in 2009.  In 2014 and 2015 he was named the Conference 11 Wrestling Coach of the Year after leading his team to two Conference 11 Team Championships. 

Coach Harris received his undergraduate degree in Health and Human Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2008 and then recently went back to school, earning his Master’s Degree in School Administration and Leadership in 2020. While at VCU Coach Harris was a four year member and starter on the Rugby Team.  

Prior to coming to Granby, Coach Harris was a Physical Education Teacher at Mills Godwin High School and then moved to Hampton Roads in 2015.  He served as a Physical Education Teacher and the Athletic Director at James Blair Middle School in 2015-2016 and then moved to Academy for Discovery at Lakewood as a Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Director and has been there the last four years.  While at ADL he helped lead the athletic program to two Superintendent’s Championship Cups for Best Middle School Athletic Program.

As a wrestling guy, Coach Harris is excited about being at Granby High School which is famous around the world for the “Granby Roll” in wrestling which is a wrestling reversal named for Granby High School, where it was popularized by former Granby Wrestling Coach Billy Martin, Sr.  Coach Harris believes his purpose as the athletic director is to instill character, sportsmanship, and academic success into Granby’s culture. 

During his free time, you can find Coach Harris on the water surfing or fishing. 

Focus Area(s): Athletic Operations, Booster Club, Community Relations, Student Activities, Student Morale, Recognition & School Spirit w/Self

Evaluation and Supervision: Athletic Trainer, Coaches, Game Workers, & Game Security

Responsibilities:

Athletics Operations

  • Administrator Coverage Calendar
  • Athletic Fundraisers
  • Awards & Recognitions
  • Coach Accountability
  • Concessions
  • COVID-19 Plan Implementation
  • Eligibility
  • Equipment Inventory
  • Field & Gym Maintenance
  • Field & Gym Use
  • Signing Day Activities & Promotion
  • Uniform Inventory

Booster Club

  • Branding & Marketing
  • SWAG
  • Planning & Development

Community Relations

  • Business Sponsors & Fundraising
  • Community Support Development
  • Homecoming Events

Student Activities

  • Fundraising 
  • Student Activities/Club Monitoring
Ms. Caneldra A. Harrison, Office Manager

Phone: 757.451.4110

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Ms. Caneldra A. Harrison, Office Manager

Focus Areas: Purchasing, Managing Payroll, Budget, and School Credit Card; Managing School Bank Checking Account and Student Activities’ Funds; Human Resources Issues (FMLA, Workman’s Compensation, Accident Reports)

Evaluation and Supervisions: Secretaries in the building

Other Responsibilities

  • Mentoring and training other NPS office managers
  • Bookkeeper for Virginia High School League Conference 2