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New Leadership Joins Linwood Holton and Westover Hills Elementary Schools

Richmond, Va. - In preparation for the 2018 - 2019 school year, Richmond Public Schools announces the addition of two new school leaders.  After gathering valuable community input during the principal selection process, the following educational leaders have been selected to lead Linwood Holton and Westover Hills Elementary Schools:

 Linwood Holton Elementary School

Dr. Nikea Hurt has spent her career working collaboratively with teachers to create learning environments that foster students’ interest and inspire them to achieve at high levels.   In 2016 as an elementary principal, she led her school to earn recognition as a Title I Reward School: Highest Progress for distinction in improvement in student achievement.  That same year she was named Educator of the Year and was presented with the “Bridge Builder Award” from Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity Incorporated Chi Gamma Gamma Chapter.  Prior to her role as principal, she served as an elementary assistant principal, a district-level instructional coach for elementary and middle school mathematics and a fifth-grade teacher.  Dr. Hurt earned her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Morris Brown College and holds a Master’s Degree in Adult Instruction from Central Michigan University.  Additionally, she holds Educational Specialist degrees in Educational Leadership from both Argosy University and Mercer University, as well a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University. Dr. Hurt looks forward to joining the Linwood Holton team on July 2, 2018.

 Westover Hills Elementary School

Allison El Koubi has spent her career working to create positive school cultures where all students are excited to learn.  Prior to her recent move to Richmond, she served as a principal in Louisiana. During her first two years as a principal, the middle school she led had the most growth of any middle school in Louisiana.  Most recently, Ms. El Koubi served as the bilingual principal of Myrtle Place Elementary where she transitioned the school to a full French Immersion program. She began her career as an 8th grade English teacher in rural Louisiana.  Ms. El Koubi earned her Bachelor’s in French and Humanities from Houghton College and holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Louisiana State University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Solvay Business School, Université Libre de Bruxelles. Ms. El Koubi is excited to join the Westover Hills team on July 16, 2018.

“Dr. Hurt and Ms. El Koubi each bring passion and experience to the principal role with a clear focus on supporting and celebrating the whole child,” said Superintendent Jason Kamras.  “I know they are both eager to begin working collaboratively with families and staff to ensure that our students thrive.  I’m thrilled to welcome them to the RPS family!”