Henry County Public Schools educator Joshua Bocock has been named as the new director of Piedmont Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science, and Technology.
Bocock has served as an assistant principal at Bassett High School since 2017 and taught social studies for Henry County Public Schools since 2006 and became a curriculum coordinator in 2016.
“I am honored to be appointed as the next director of the Piedmont Governor’s School,” Bocock said in a statement. “I look forward to collaborating with all of the Governor’s School staff, students and families as we work together to provide a rigorous academic experience for all students, which will help them achieve their academic and career goals.”
Mark Jones, a Piedmont Governor’s School governing board member and Pittsylvania County Public Schools superintendent, said in a statement: “We are pleased to have Josh Bocock as the new director of PGSMST. He rose to the top of an excellent pool of applicants that included several outstanding sitting principals.
“He has a strong educational background and brings a wealth of experience in curriculum development, instructional program enhancement, and school administration. We look forward to his leadership in moving the program forward.”
Bocock’s biography on Bassett High School’s website notes that he was “born and raised in Bassett, and I still hold lots of wonderful memories from my years at Campbell Court, Bassett Middle and Bassett High as a student.”
A news release says Bocock has a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary social studies. a master’s degree in teaching and a certificate of educational leadership from James Madison University.
Bocock says in his bio that he also taught at Magna Vista High School before moving to Bassett.
“My philosophy about education is simple: I believe in doing what is best for every child. I became an educator to give back what so many wonderful people gave to me: an education,” he wrote. “…We need to provide students with as many opportunities to explore their varied interests as possible. However, as we all know, it all comes down to academics, and as an assistant principal I am focused on making sure we provide your child with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for their successful transition to life after high school.”
Bocock succeeds Robert Johnson, who has accepted a position with Montgomery County Schools, according to Monica Hatchett, a spokeswoman for Henry County Public Schools, which is fiscal agent for PGSMST.
The school serves students in grades 11 and 12 from Henry County, Martinsville, Danville and Pittsylvania County Public Schools.
Students who apply and are accepted take dual-enrollment classes and can earn their associate’s degree in science from the community college as part of their programs, Hatchett said. Students attend classes at the community colleges — Patrick Henry Community College for students from Henry County and Martinsville and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research for those from Danville and Pittsylvania County — and then return to their home schools in the afternoon.
The Virginia Department of Education says there are 19 academic-year governor’s schools that provide “students with acceleration and exploration in areas ranging from the arts, to government and international studies, and to mathematics, science and technology.”
Paul Collins is a reporter for the Martinsville Bulletin. Contact him at 276-638-8801, ext. 236.