Dr. Cherie C. Whitehurst, Deputy Superintendent
Bedford County Public Schools
PO Box 748, 310 South Bridge Street
Bedford, VA 24523
Phone: (540) 586-1045
FAX: (540) 586-7703
Sample Responsibilities include:
Superintendent's Designee &
Chief Academic Officer
Principals and Schools
Instruction & Special Services
Oversees Managing of Discipline/PBIS
Teacher Professional Development
Dr. Cherie Whitehurst began serving as the deputy superintendent for Bedford County Public Schools in July of 2009. She previously served as the principal of Liberty High School, her alma mater, from 2006 to 2009, and Staunton River High School, from 2000 to 2006. Prior to becoming a principal, Dr. Whitehurst served as an assistant principal at Jefferson Forest High School and Staunton River Middle School. Dr. Whitehurst has also taught at Staunton River Middle School and Forest Middle School. While serving as a middle school teacher, Dr. Whitehurst had the opportunity to coach girls' basketball and cheerleading for Forest Middle School. In 1995 Dr. Whitehurst was named the Bedford County Teacher of the Year, the Bedford County Middle School Teacher of the Year, and the Staunton River Middle School Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Whitehurst has taught courses on Supervision of Instruction and Educational Leadership at Liberty University and on Effective Instructional Strategies at Lynchburg College. For seven years, she has served as a visiting faculty member for the Virginia Tech Recently Appointed Administrators Institute teaching on Safety and Crisis Management in our Schools. During Dr. Whitehurst’s tenure as a principal, she served as vice-president and secretary for the Virginia High School League’s Seminole District.
Dr. Whitehurst earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from James Madison University in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Lynchburg College. She also holds a Doctor of Education from Virginia Tech in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. In partial fulfillment for the degree of Doctor of Education, she completed a dissertation entitled A Case Study of the Patterns of Practice Used to Provide Access to the General Curriculum for Secondary Students with Disabilities.
Dr. Whitehurst has lived in Bedford County, Virginia all her life with the exception of living in Rockingham County, Virginia for nine years. She is married to David Whitehurst. They have two daughters, both of whom are graduates of Liberty High School.