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Highland Springs High School Senior Leadership Team

Ms. La Toya Draper

Associate PrincipalMs. Draper was raised in Hampton, Virginia and attended Virginia Commonwealth University for both undergraduate and graduate studies. She earned her Post-Master’s In Educational Leadership from The George Washington University. Ms. Draper, formerly a School Counseling Director has a Biology degree that she still utilizes by working as a Laboratory Technologist! She is married, and is the mom to two boys and one dog. Fun fact – everyone in her house has a name that begins with “J” except her! She loves to travel, and made trips to Curaçao and Antigua last year!
Mrs. Ebony DavisAssistant PrincipalMrs. Davis is a HCPS product, graduating from Henrico High School in 2003. After high school, she attended Norfolk State University (BEHOLD THE GREEN AND GOLD) and graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry. She also has a M. Ed. in Educational Management and a M. Ed. in Urban Leadership. She originally intended on attending pharmacy school and becoming a Pharmacist, however after the first year of being in education, I fell in love with education. Having experience as a science teacher, department chair, dean of students, she is entering her 2nd year as Assistant Principal here at HSHS. Ms. Hill spends her free time with family and serving mankind as a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Mr. Rick Lilly

Assistant PrincipalMr. Lilly was raised in Charlottesville, Va. where he graduated from Charlottesville High School. He attended Randolph-Macon for two years before transferring to the University of Virginia and graduating with a degree in Foreign Affairs. Mr. Lilly began his career in education as an International Teaching Fellow in Thessaloniki, Greece. He then taught government for 5 years at Charlottesville High School, being recognized as an Annenberg Teaching Fellow in Washington, D.C. Mr. Lilly then served as a high school Director of Student Activities for 13 years, including two at Highland Springs High School before being appointed as an Assistant Principal. Mr. Lilly was recognized as the 2013-14 Virginia Athletic Administrator of the year, 2017 National Award of Merit and 2020 Frank Kovaleski Professional Development Award for the NIAAA Section II. Mr. Lilly obtained his Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from Shenandoah University and is currently in his third year in their Doctoral program in Educational Leadership. He resides in Henrico County with his wife and two children.

Mrs. Beth Terrier
Assistant PrincipalMrs. Terrier was raised in Martinsville, Virginia and attended Longwood University. She recently received her Masters in Educational Leadership and Supervision from the University of Virginia. Before joining the #SpringerNation team, Mrs. Terrier taught middle school math in Henrico County for eleven years. During the weekends, she can be found spending time with her husband (Alex), five year old daughter, and 2 year old son. Mrs. Terrier is extremely excited to begin her first year as an Assistant Principal at Highland Springs High School, where she will prioritize building meaningful relationships with students, families, faculty and staff.

Mr. W. Brad Alston

Administrative InternMr. Alston attended Menchville and Bethel High Schools but graduated from Bethel. He received his undergraduate degree from Randolph-Macon College in Sociology. Mr. Alston then received his Masters in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Regent University. Mr. Alston wanted to be an educator because he finds joy in giving back to the youth. He believes in empowering students to believe that life success is possible. The key to success is not giving up. Mr. Alston was named the 2016 Virginia Mentoring Mentor of the Year. In his free time, Mr. Alston is married with 2 kids (a boy and a girl) and loves all sports, particularly Football, baseball, basketball, and NASCAR. He finds great joy and peace in coaching football.

Mr. Brian Smith

Instructional Coach and New Teacher CoordinatorMr. Smith has a BA in History and a Master of Teaching (Broad Endorsement in Social Studies) from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is currently serving as the Director of the Futsal Development Academy for 9 Time USYF National Champion FutsalRVA. Mr. Smith is the Director of Futsal RVA Metro Futsal Program. The best part of his job is that he gets to spend his time collaborating with other creative, civic minded, people for the benefit of young people, and the community as a whole. He has a side hustle as a mural artist. Mr. Smith’s interests include anything with 2 wheels, community involvement, gardening, and nerd stuff.

Mrs. Ashley O'Carroll

Innovative Learning CoachMrs. O'Carroll graduated from Orange County High School. She majored in History at Virginia Commonwealth University where she went on to receive her Masters in Teaching. She decided to be an educator because she enjoys making an impact on her students' lives. She has 2 dogs and enjoys rock climbing and motorcycles in her free time.

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