Administration

Daniel Keever
Principal

Daniel Keever is a product of Virginia Beach City Public Schools having attended Thoroughgood ES, Bayside Junior, Independence Junior, and Bayside High. Mr. Keever attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. His education career in Virginia started in 1994 when he was a security assistant at Ocean Lakes High School. During his time at Ocean Lakes, Mr. Keever taught VA/US History, Government, and Leadership Skills Development. Earning a Master’s Degree in Educational administration from Old Dominion University in 2004, he also worked in the Office of Organizational Development, the Student Activities Office, and the Superintendent’s Office as Executive Assistant. From 2006-2009, Mr. Keever was an assistant principal at Tallwood High. In 2009, he was appointed principal of Larkspur Middle School where he served until April of 2012 when he became principal of Salem High School. Mr. Keever and his wife Amber have a son (Minor) and a daughter (Finley) who instantly became SunDevil fans when he joined the Salem community!

Elizabeth Bryant
11th Grade Assistant Principal
9th Grade students G-NA

Mrs. Bryant joined the Salem Administrative team in 2011. Mrs. Bryant received a BA in Biology from the College of Charleston in 1995, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Troy State University in 2000, and National Board Certification in 2006. Prior to moving to Virginia Beach in 2011, Mrs. Bryant served as a high school science teacher, instructional lead teacher, graduation coach and assistant principal. Mrs. Bryant is married and has an 11 year old son.

Jairo Padilla

12th Grade Assistant Principal
9th Grade students NE-Z
Mr. Padilla joined the Salem High School administrative team during the summer of 2012. Prior to joining the SunDevil family, Mr. Padilla had an extensive career as an educator. He first earned his Bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University in Secondary Spanish Education. Mr. Padilla continued his passion for education and began his teaching career at Princess Anne H.S. where he taught Spanish. During this time, Mr. Padilla continued his studies and earned a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia in Curriculum and Instruction and an Ed. S degree in Supervision and Administration from The George Washington University. Mr. Padilla continued to move forward as an educator and instructional leader by serving as assistant principal during the 2006 and 2011 summer school programs at Princess Anne H.S. This led to Mr. Padilla’s 2011-2012 role as administrative assistant at Landstown High School Governor’s STEM and Technology Academy where he assisted their administrative team as well.

Leeane Turnbull

10th Grade Assistant Principal
9th Grade students A-F

Ms. Turnbull is a graduate of First Colonial High School. She joined the Salem Administrative team in 2009. Ms. Turnbull received a BS in Psychology from Old Dominion University in 1998, a Master’s Degree in Education in December in 1998 from Old Dominion University, and an Ed.S from Old Dominion University in 2009. Prior to serving as an assistant principal at Salem High, Ms. Turnbull served as a special education teacher at both Princess Anne Middle School (2 years), then at Ocean Lakes High School (7 years). While teaching at OLHS, Ms. Turnbull also served as an assistant student activities coordinator, Leadership Workshop Director, cheerleading coach, and freshman transition coordinator. She left the classroom while at OLHS and served for two years as the School Improvement Specialist. This is her fourth year serving as an Assistant Principal.

 

Christopher Buhner

Visual and Performing Arts Academy Administrator

Christopher J. Buhner’s educational background includes, an Ed.S from the George Washington University in Educational Leadership and Administration, a MST in Art Education from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BFA from the State University of New York at Oswego in Painting, Metalsmithing and Art History.

Mr. Buhner’s teaching experience began at Luxford Elementary School in 1992 where he was selected as the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Sallie Mae First Year Teacher of the Year. He spent the next seven years working at Old Donation Center for the Gifted and Talented Visual Arts Program. Taking a short break from education in 2000, Mr. Buhner traveled the professional art show circuit doing exhibitions from Buffalo, NY to Atlanta, GA.

In 2004, he rejoined VBCPS and worked as Department Chairman to implement the Visual and Performing Arts Academy @ Salem High School. During his tenure at Salem HS he was selected as a city-wide Teacher of the Year Finalist. In addition, he serves on the Strategic Objective 5 for the school divisions Compass to 2015 and chairs a number of committees to include the Neptune Festival’s Student Art show. From the fall of 2009 through the summer of 2013, Mr. Buhner refined his administrative skills by working as an Assistant Principal at Princess Anne and Kellam High Schools. Mr. Buhner was officially placed as the new Visual and Performing Arts Academy Coordinator in July of 2013.

Amy Schuiteboer

School Improvement Specialist

Ms. Schuiteboer started her career with VBCPS in 1994 as a member of  Office of Programs for Exceptional Children where she served as an itinerant teacher before becoming the Transition Specialist for the school division. After 15 years in that role she joined the Salem team in August as a special education teacher before accepting the position of School Improvement Specialist. Ms. Schuiteboer earned a BS degree in Special Education, Emotional Disturbance and a MS degree in Leadership from Central Michigan University. In 2012,  she completed a certificate in Administration from George Washington University. Ms. Schuiteboer is happy to share her Salem experience with her daughter, a dance and vocal student in the Visual and Performing Arts Academy.

Robert Toran

Guidance Chair

Mr. Toran enters his second year as the Guidance Director at Salem High School. Prior to that he served as a School Counselor at Norview High for seven years. A native of Norfolk, he is a graduate of Norview High School who went on to earn his Bachelor of Art Degree in Mass Communications from Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC. In 2005 he received his Masters of Art Degree in School Counseling from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va. Outside of his counseling duties Mr. Toran has been actively involved in coaching football and wrestling throughout the Tidewater Area for over 25 years. Mr. Toran and his wife Andrea have been married for 21 years and from their union they have four beautiful children; Aleyshia, Andre’, Robyn and Aaron.

Mark Harrison

Student Activities Coordinator

Mark Harrison received a BA in Physical Education from Newberry College in 1980 and his M.Ed. In Athletic Administration from Slippery Rock University in 1984. He has served the Virginia Beach City Public School System for 25 years, and enters his 21st year as the Student Activities coordinator at Salem. Harrison is also a standing member with the Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.