Dear Varina High School Families,
It is with great pleasure and excitement that I introduce myself as principal of Varina High School. I am extremely honored and excited about being able to serve and support such a wonderful and dynamic school community. I recognize Varina High School as a school community with rich history, pride, and tradition. I am devoted to getting to know as much as possible about the community. I am fully committed to immersing myself in the community to enhance a sense of family.
This year will mark my 13th year in education, where I have gained diverse experience as a high school and middle school principal, an assistant principal, special education department chair, and a special education teacher at the middle and high school levels. I come to Varina High School with a leadership presence that has positively influenced school culture, climate, and created an environment where all feel welcomed, safe, connected, supported, and can thrive as individuals. My efforts have also moved the needle on student success academically, created unrestricted access to educational opportunities for all students, and addressed equity issues in school communities.
My approach is to work collaboratively with the entire school community, welcoming feedback, and utilizing “listening” leadership to advance efforts to ensure that our students have the very best that we have to offer each day. I will consistently dedicate myself to community engagement efforts that are inclusive, intentional, meaningful, and purposeful.
In closing, I am sincerely humbled by this opportunity and look forward to serving you and being a part of “Blue Devil Nation”! Together we will continue to provide an amazing experience to each student as ONE FAMILY at Varina High School!
Darin A. Thompson, MPA M.Ed
One Love, One Family, Blue Devils We Are One!