RICHMOND – Michael F. Bolling, a veteran educator with regional and state leadership experience, has been named the executive director of CodeRVA.
Bolling is currently the director of mathematics and Governor’s schools for the Virginia Department of Education, where he has worked since 2009. Previously, he served as an instructional supervisor for Chesterfield County and Powhatan County public schools and a teacher in Hanover County.
“CodeRVA will provide students in Greater Richmond with unique opportunities to learn, acquire skills for college, and prepare for careers in coding like no other high school in Virginia,” said Bolling, who will join CodeRVA on Sept. 12. “I am honored to have a role in making the CodeRVA Board’s vision a reality.”
CodeRVA is a regional high school with 13 partnering school divisions that will increase the number of computer science professionals in the Greater Richmond area. During the first two years of high school, students will complete a majority of the courses required for a high school diploma through online classwork. During the last two years of high school, partnerships with community colleges and employers will allow students to participate in paid work experience and graduate high school with an associate’s degree, industry certifications and guaranteed employment.
“Michael is an innovative thinker and a creative designer of programs, as educators from across Virginia will attest,” said Chesterfield County Public Schools Superintendent James F. Lane, a key leader in helping develop the regional initiative. “We’re excited that someone with his background in mathematics and computer science will lead this new program.”
“High schools are in the process of exciting changes,” added CodeRVA Board Chair Dr. Gail Hardinge, who also serves on the New Kent School Board. “This regional initiative creates an opportunity for us to create a dynamic high school experience for our students by offering school and workforce partnerships.”
While Bolling’s work at the Virginia Department of Education primarily focused on leadership and coordination with mathematics and Governor’s schools, he also worked extensively with gifted education, grants management, professional development, curriculum development, policy development and computer science.
Bolling completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and serves as an adjunct professor at the Richmond university. He has served in various leadership roles within many educational organizations including the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition, the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Virginia Council for Mathematics Supervision. He also has presented at the local, state and national levels.
To learn more about CodeRVA visit coderva.org.