School Administration

The first priority of every administrator, teacher, and staff member at Hanover County Online School is to facilitate the success and growth of every student in our school. All members of our team proudly play their part in the education of our future leaders and innovators. Please feel free to contact us with your questions or concerns. We look forward to hearing from you.

Leadership Team

Dana Gresham

Dana Gresham, Principal
Dr. Gresham is a proud graduate of James Madison University where she earned an undergraduate degree in special education. Upon graduation, she taught at Oakland School for several years before enrolling at The College of William and Mary where she earned her M.Ed., Ed.S., and Ed.D. She taught special education in Henrico County and also served at the division level as a consultative teacher for special education. Dr. Gresham is beginning her 24th year in Hanover County, where she has served as assistant principal at Atlee High School, principal of Rural Point Elementary, and principal of Hanover High School. In addition to her work with Online School, Dr. Gresham serves as the director of Professional Learning, Leadership, and Federal Programs. She is also an adjunct professor for James Madison University. Dr. Gresham has been married for 27 years to the best husband in the world, and she is Mom to two great kids—both of whom are/were HCPS students, and one of whom is currently an HCPS teacher. For relaxation, Dr. Gresham enjoys camping, horseback riding, and spending as much time as possible on the water.



Erin Sturgis

Erin Sturgis, Assistant Principal, K–12
Mrs. Sturgis received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University. She taught special education at the elementary, middle, and high school levels prior to serving as senior teacher and assistant principal at Liberty Middle School. She is currently a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program at VCU. Mrs. Sturgis enjoys spending time hiking, camping, and kayaking with her husband and daughter. When not at school or camping, Mrs. Sturgis and her daughter love reading a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books.



Heather Causey

Heather Causey, Online Learning Specialist
Heather Causey received her master’s degree in instructional technology from Virginia Commonwealth University and administration and online learning certifications from the University of Richmond. She has worked for Hanover Schools since 1990 as a middle school teacher, ITRT at all levels, and most recently as the online learning developer. She loves people, green spaces, blue spaces, and cleverness.



Brian Canady

Brian Canady, Assistant Principal
Mr. Canady received his undergraduate degree in secondary mathematics education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduation, he taught math for ten years in North Carolina and received his master’s in curriculum and instruction. After moving to Richmond, Virginia, Mr. Canady taught math in the Hanover County Public Schools system and earned his endorsement in administration and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University. This will be Mr. Canady’s eighth year as an assistant principal in Hanover County Public Schools.



William Cody Steightiff

William Cody Steightiff
Mr. Streightiff attended James Madison University where he received his degree in interdisciplinary social sciences. He taught World History I and United States/Virginia history at Varina High School (VHS) for five years before entering administration at VHS. He received a master’s degree in educational leadership and supervision from VCU while working in Henrico County. After 18 years at Varina as a teacher and an administrator, Mr. Streightiff joined Hanover County as an assistant principal at Hanover High School and eventually the Hanover County Online School. Mr. Streightiff maintains a presence at Hanover High while supporting teachers and students in the online school. He is also a Hanover resident with his wife and three children.



Matt Vuiller

Matt Vuiller
Mr. Vuiller attended and graduated from Hanover County Schools and was excited to return as an educator. Mr. Vuiller holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Virginia Tech and a master's degree in educational leadership from VCU. He is starting his 14th year as an educator in Hanover County and his sixth year as a school administrator. Mr. Vuiller has taught a wide range of math classes in middle school and high school, was a testing coordinator, and served as a senior teacher. He has finished his third year as an assistant principal at Patrick Henry High School. He currently resides in Mechanicsville with his wife, Jocy, and their two children, Caius and Miles.



Shelli Lipton

Shelli Lipton
Mrs. Lipton is a graduate of the Hanover County Public Schools system. She received her bachelor's degree in education from Longwood College and a master's degree in educational leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. Mrs. Lipton has taught math and science for over 20 years and most recently worked with students as an administrator at OKMS. She resides in Mechanicsville with her husband, Mike, and daughter, Taylor. Mrs. Lipton recently helped her daughter move to Blacksburg where she prepared for her freshman year at Virginia Tech. During the weekends, Mrs. Lipton enjoys fishing, crabbing, and running (especially local races). She is very excited opportunity to be involved in the opening of the new Hanover County Online School.



Stacy Stanford

Stacy Stanford
Mrs. Stanford is a proud graduate of Hanover County Public Schools. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Virginia Commonwealth University, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Averett University, and her educational leadership endorsement from Longwood College. During her teaching career, she taught Spanish and Virginia’s Teachers for Tomorrow at Patrick Henry High School as well as served as senior teacher. She then transitioned to Chickahominy Middle School as senior teacher and served there for the last five years. Most recently, she has become assistant principal for Hanover County’s Online Middle School. Mrs. Stanford resides in Mechanicsville with her husband and two children and loves the beach, baseball, and being active!



Carmen Waterford

Carmen Waterford

Ms. Waterford is joining the Hanover County Online School team from Henrico County Public Schools. She spent 11 years in the classroom as a high school Spanish teacher and 5 years as a middle school administrator. She coached field hockey and softball and enjoyed organizing student travel to cities abroad. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Virginia and a master’s in Education from Virginia Tech. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Education from Virginia Tech as well. She identifies as a “Hookie” and loves being associated with two great universities. Ms. Waterford is originally from San Diego, California, and currently resides in Mechanicsville, Virginia. She spends her free time playing fetch with her active 2-year-old Jackapoo, named Roman, running for fitness and traveling as often as possible. Her favorite travel destinations are Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Barcelona.



Sarah Pike

Sarah Pike
Ms. Pike has always loved school and has never wanted to leave it! She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale University, a master’s degree in special education from Bank Street College in New York City, and an education specialist degree in administration and supervision from the University of Virginia. Ms. Pike has taught students from kindergarten through eighth grade and delights in students gaining skills and growing in confidence. Her most adventurous assignment was being the K–6 learning specialist for the American School of Paris (c’est magnifique!). A California native, Ms. Pike moved from New York to Richmond in 2006 and happily joined the Hanover family in 2008. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons camping and crabbing and also loves to read, cook, and do yoga. She has a rowdy new puppy in her household and gladly accepts all puppy-rearing advice.



Mary Townes

Mary Townes
Mrs. Townes earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Virginia State University. She returned to Virginia State University to earn a master’s of education degree in administration and supervision K–12. During her 10 years in the classroom, Mrs. Townes taught kindergarten, first, second, third, and fifth grades. She served as assistant principal for six years and principal for six years in the Richmond City Public Schools before coming to Hanover County Schools. Mrs. Townes has served as assistant principal at Henry Clay Elementary School for the past two years. She prides herself in professional and personal growth while inspiring others to be their very best.



Michelle Whaley

Michelle Whaley
Mrs. Whaley grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She received a master’s degree in administration and supervision from the University of Virginia. Mrs. Whaley began her career teaching third grade in Richmond City Public Schools for four years and then moved to South Anna Elementary School after marrying her husband, Travis. At South Anna, she taught both fourth and fifth grades for seven years. She then became the assistant principal at Beaverdam Elementary School, where she has been for the past five years. Outside of school, Mrs. Whaley enjoys reading, walking, and spending time with her husband, her two children, and her friends at home on her family farm in Goochland County.



Chris Leggett

Chris Leggett 
Mr. Leggett is coming from Henrico County Public Schools to join the Hanover Online School team. His last eight years in Henrico were spent as an exceptional education teacher, critical response teacher, and department chair. He has taught special education for a total of 20 years. He has also coached varsity wrestling and cross country. He earned a bachelor’s degree (special education/elementary education) and master’s degree (administration and supervision k–12) from the California University of Pennsylvania. Originally, from the Pittsburgh area, he moved to Virginia in 2001. He, his wife, and two children live in the Mechanicsville area. In his spare time, Mr. Leggett enjoys running, traveling with his family, and attending his children’s sporting events.

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