For Immediate Release
April 28, 2019
Eugene Kotulka, Superintendent
Alleghany County School Board Appoints
Director of Secondary Instruction
The Alleghany County School Board has announced the appointment of Kelly A. Huff to the position of Director of Secondary Instruction.
“I am thrilled and blessed to bring my creative instructional passion to not only Alleghany High School, but to Clifton Middle School as well. I am anxious to start my new journey, and I am honored that Superintendent Kotulka, along with the School Board, selected me for this new role,” she said. “I am eager to begin collaborating with the new Director of Elementary Instruction, Mr. Sherman Callahan, in order to continue to enhance the comprehensive K-12 instructional plan in Alleghany County Public Schools.”
As a 17-year veteran of the public education system, Huff brings her strong instructional background, her passion for academia, and her profound dedication to student success.
“I am very excited that Ms. Huff will be joining us as the Director of Secondary Instruction,” stated Gene Kotulka, Superintendent. “Furthermore, Ms. Mutispaugh and Ms. Hobbs left big shoes to fill and I know that Ms. Huff is up to the challenge as she brings a wealth of expertise and experience to instruction at the secondary level.”
Prior to joining the Alleghany School Board Office, Huff taught English for 13 years and served as Assistant Principal for four years at Alleghany High School in Covington, Virginia. As a teacher at Alleghany High School, she sponsored organizations such as the National Honor Society and the junior class; coached a variety of events such as the girls’ soccer team and forensics team; taught English 9, English 11, Dual Enrollment English, and Film and Literature; and earned many awards such as the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year. Currently, as the Assistant Principal, she has oversight of the Special Education Department, English Department, and Math Department. She also is the high school liaison for a variety of programs such as all virtual learning and DSLCC.
Huff was principal of Greenbrier East High School in West Virginia for a year, but her love for the students, faculty, staff, and community members in Alleghany County brought her back for good. Her profound connection to Alleghany County and specifically, Alleghany High School, is one that Huff values and she is looking forward to continuing in her new role.
“It is my goal to promote the success and welfare of the students, faculty, and staff in Alleghany County Public Schools,” she added. “I look forward to being an instructional leader and guiding light for secondary education.”
Huff attended Virginia Tech (1996) and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English, then pursued her Master of Arts degree in English at George Mason University (1999). She earned both her teaching licensure (2001) and administrative leadership licensure (2014) through Concord University.
Aside from being in education, Huff moved to the area from Northern Virginia in 2000, by way of southern California and upstate New York. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast. If she is not working, she is outside gardening, road biking, canoeing, golfing, reading on her back porch, or spending time with family and friends.