Dr. Rachel Previs Ball is the first alumnae Director of Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School. She graduated from King William High School and CBGS in 2004 and is excited to be a part of the program that served as a catalyst for her own professional endeavors. Dr. Ball completed her undergraduate, Master’s, and doctorate from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Her graduate studies were in the area of Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership.
Dr. Ball has served as an administrator for King William County Public Schools for the past seven years. During that time, she completed the School University Research Network (SURN) Principal Academy and was also recognized as the first recipient of the SURN Virginia L. McLaughlin Collaborative Leadership Award at The College of William and Mary.
Dr. Ball also works as an educational consultant for Stronge and Associates Educational Consulting. whose work is recognized at the state, national, and international level. Dr. Ball and members of her team were responsible for developing attendance and behavior assessment tools for the Virginia Department of Education’s Office of School Quality, and she was instrumental in providing training to VDOE staff.
She has also remained actively engaged within the professional community by presenting at conferences, including: the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Learning Forward, Visible Learning, Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment + Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE), and the School University Research Network; and has published in JSD: The Learning Forward Journal for her work with the SURN Principal Academy.
Dr. Ball feels honored and privileged to have the opportunity to serve Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School Director. Her professional experiences, ties to the program and community, and her passion for its values contribute to her personal investment in the mission of CBGS, as these values were instilled during her time as a student.
Dr. Ball resides in Essex County with her family, and loves spending time with her family, twins, Mary Elizabeth and Warner, and her husband, Carter.
Dr. Rachel Previs Ball