Carlos Dwight Seward

New Rappahannock County High School Principal Carlos Dwight Seward


Rappahannock County Public Schools is pleased to announce that Carlos Dwight Seward has been appointed as the next principal of Rappahannock County High School. 


Seward brings a variety of experience to the role of RCHS principal. He has served as an assistant principal at Eastern View High School in Culpeper County for the last four years. Beginning his career in education as a high school history teacher in Virginia Beach City Public Schools, he quickly became a leader among his peers serving as the social studies department chair and curriculum leader. Additionally, he has served as International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program coordinator, Advancement Via Individual Determination coordinator, and dean of students, in Alexandria City Public Schools; and served as a middle school social studies teacher and grade-level chairperson in Henrico County Public Schools.


Seward graduated from Norfolk State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Hampton University. In addition, he earned his gifted education endorsement from the School of Education at the University of Virginia, and recently completed a graduate certificate in education finance from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.


At the Rappahannock County School Board meeting on Tuesday night, Seward addressed the RCPS community. “Tonight I stand before you humbled and honored to be appointed as the next principal of Rappahannock County High School. I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks and appreciation to our division superintendent, Dr. Shannon Lee Grimsley, for her trust and confidence in my ability to enhance the educational environment, the instructional core and the school culture at the high school that we all love. 


“As we move past the fog of this pandemic, we have a lot of opportunities ahead of us and I look forward to leading you in those opportunities. … To my future colleagues at Rappahannock County High School, those in attendance tonight: I wish I could start tomorrow,” Seward said.   


“We are beyond thrilled to welcome Mr. Seward to our leadership team at RCPS,” said Dr. Shannon Grimsley, RCPS superintendent. “His depth of instructional leadership experience and ample educational qualifications as a successful classroom teacher paired with his inspirational personality and poise propelled him to the top candidate slot as unanimously recommended by the interview committee and the superintendent interview team. Mr. Seward will be an incredible addition to the Rappahannock family, and will be sure to continue and build upon the successes of RCHS as the new principal. We very much look forward to seeing what he will accomplish!” 


Seward will begin serving as principal on July 1, 2021.



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