My name is William Cody Streightiff and this is my 18th year at Varina. I started out as a 23-year-old, wide-eyed, history teacher and have since served as department leader, administrative aide, administrative intern and assistant principal before settling into my role as associate principal.
I grew up in Chesterfield, Virginia, just on the other side of the Pocahontas Parkway (which didn’t exist back then). I graduated from James Madison with a degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and was quickly hired by HCPS and Varina. Working at Varina is the only “adult” job I’ve ever known. In 2007 I completed the Henrico County School Administrative Cohort and received my Masters in Educational Supervision and Leadership and was able to move from the classroom to administration.
My educational and leadership philosophy is that we should all be here to help the students succeed to the best of their ability. Of course that is different for every student. One student may need to be held strictly accountable and forced to persevere through a difficult academic task because we know that it will help prepare them for college all the while supporting another student through a tremendously difficult outside of school situation because we know that just earning that high school diploma would be a huge win for them right now.
I believe that the thing this world lacks the most right now is that people lack the ability to hear one another and emphasize with their fellow man. I strive to teach students that accountability (which does not mean second chances cannot happen) and the ability to communicate in difficult situations are skills that will take them far in life. Whether in the highest performing senior classes, or the most struggling freshmen, all students have the ability to learn the skills, both academic and interpersonal, to achieve a life after high school that will allow for them to support themselves and those they love, all the while being mentally strong enough to make a difference in today’s tumultuous society.