The Constitution of Virginia provides that the General Assembly establish a system of free public elementary and secondary schools for all children of school age throughout the state, and seek to ensure that an educational program of high quality is established and continually maintained. The General Assembly has required that such an educational system be maintained and administered by the State Board of Education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, local school division Superintendents and local School Boards.
The Constitution of Virginia vests the supervision of schools in each school division in a local School Board. As prescribed by the Charter of the County of Chesterfield, the School Board consists of one member elected from each of the five magisterial districts of the County, each member serving a four-year, non-staggered term.
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Elected to the Chesterfield County School Board in November 2019, Mrs. Ann Coker represents the Bermuda District.
Mrs. Coker is employed by ITAC, located in the Bermuda District, and has been with the company for more than 20 years. She currently holds the position of director of project accounting and processes.
Mrs. Coker earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and psychology from Longwood University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a product of the Chesterfield County school system (Enon Elementary, Chester Middle and Thomas Dale High) and a longtime resident of the Bermuda District.
Mrs. Coker serves on the Board of Directors of the Chester YMCA. She has served as president and vice president of Enon Elementary’s PTO and has supported and led many committees. In addition, she has been active in the Boy Scouts of America, most recently serving as treasurer of Cub Scout Pack 922. She is an active member at her local church in the Bermuda District, serving as lay reader.
Mrs. Coker and her husband, Jason, have four children who attend all three levels of Chesterfield County Public Schools.
Ann C. Coker
Chair – Bermuda
Elected to the Chesterfield County School Board in November 2019, Mrs. Kathryn Haines represents the Midlothian District.
Mrs. Haines began her career as an intern and then consultant with the city of Chicago. She left her job with the city to work as a community consultant for the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. At JCUA, she used her planning skills to provide technical assistance with the goal of building the capacity of grassroots organizations in Chicago. Mrs. Haines later obtained certification as a prenatal yoga teacher, doula and certified professional midwife. She was recruited to join a rural midwifery practice in West Virginia, where she practiced for two years. As a midwife, Mrs. Haines sat on midwifery boards and worked on legislative efforts in Maryland and West Virginia.
Mrs. Haines holds a bachelor’s degree in French from Wake Forest University and a master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she graduated summa cum laude.
Mrs. Haines has always been an active member of her faith and school community. Her commitment to service and community brought her back to Virginia, the place her dad — a veteran — was last stationed. Since arriving in Chesterfield, Mrs. Haines has been actively involved and on the board of PTAs/PTOs at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Mrs. Haines is a member of the school division’s Equity Committee and previously served in the Peace Corps.
Mrs. Haines and her husband of 23 years, Matt, have three children in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Their oldest child attends Virginia Commonwealth University.
Kathryn S. Haines
Elected to the Chesterfield County School Board in November 2019, Mrs. Dot Heffron represents the Clover Hill District.
Mrs. Heffron brings to the board her experience as a classroom teacher, having taught English at Providence Middle, and her perspective as a parent and community member.
Mrs. Heffron’s connection to Chesterfield County runs deep. She was raised in the Clover Hill District, is a graduate of Chesterfield County Public Schools and currently has three children enrolled in the school division — all of whom attend the same schools she did. Mrs. Heffron attended Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in history and political science.
Having previously served as chair of the School Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee, Mrs. Heffron enjoys volunteering in her children’s schools and participating in community service with her family through her faith community.
She lives with her husband of 19 years, Richard, and their three children in North Chesterfield.
Dorothy L. Heffron
Vice Chair – Clover Hill
Elected to the Chesterfield County School Board in November 2019, Mrs. Debbie Bailey represents the Dale District.
Mrs. Bailey retired from Chesterfield County Public Schools in June of 2019 after 34 years as a social studies teacher, having taught for 25 years at Chester Middle and for nine years at Carver Middle. Her accolades include being named the 2015 Chesterfield County Middle School Teacher of the Year and being awarded the prestigious R.E.B. Award for teaching excellence in 2014.
Mrs. Bailey holds a Bachelor of Science degree with endorsements in history, social science and education from Virginia Commonwealth University.
She has served as department chair, team leader, and on countless committees, and she has presented at local, state, and national conferences on topics related to the education of children.
Mrs. Bailey and her husband, Chuck, have two children, Sarah and Jake. Both children graduated from Matoaca High School.
Debbie G. Bailey
Elected to the Chesterfield County School Board in November 2019, Mr. Ryan Harter represents the Matoaca District.
Mr. Harter is a United States Air Force Veteran who served for 13 years as a military police officer and team leader in Kandahar, Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. After leaving active duty service, he became a civics and economics teacher, educating students in the Prince George and Chesterfield County school systems.
Mr. Harter earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Ashford University, a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Ashford University, an associate’s degree in instructional technology from The Community College of the Air Force, and an associate’s degree in criminal justice from The Community College of the Air Force.
Mr. Harter is a member of American Legion Post 186 and is the at-large representative for the Camp Baker Management Board. He and his family are also active members of Clover Hill Assembly of God Church.
Mr. Harter and his wife, Megan, have four children who attend Chesterfield County Public Schools.
Ryan M. Harter