Dr. Aaron Spence currently serves as superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools and previously as a superintendent in North Carolina. Dr. Spence leads with his passion for public education and for providing all students with the best possible opportunities in 86 schools. His commitment and leadership were key factors in his selection as the 2018 Virginia Superintendent of the Year.
Dr. Spence has brought innovation and groundbreaking work to the division including an Entrepreneurship and Business Academy and expanding partnerships with community organizations, businesses and the military.
Dr. Spence is on the boards of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, United Way of South Hampton Roads, Opportunity, Inc., the Access College Foundation and the Public Education Foundation. Dr. Spence was the recipient of the Creating Unity in Our Community –Lead Like King” Award ensuring equitable access for every student. Dr. Spence was also appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to serve on the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact for Educational Opportunity for Military Children.
While superintendent in NC, he launched a digital learning initiative designed to put a digital device in the hands of every student and teacher. He, along with his staff, improved the school districts End of Grade Proficiency Scores moving up Moore County Public Schools 20 places in state rankings.
He attended the University of Virginia where he received his bachelor, masters, and doctorate degrees.
Dr. Spence and his wife, Krista, have six children; Bella (Isabella), Mattingly, Christopher, Kristianna, Ian, and Aaron.