DCMS Administration

Principal:  Dr. Muriel Barefield

Principal - Dr. Barefield


Email: Muriel.Barefield@cpschools.com


Dr. Muriel Perkins Barefield was born in Norfolk, Virginia, but was reared in the Deep Creek section of Chesapeake. The third of 14 children born to William and Beatrice Perkins, she and all of her siblings are proud to call themselves lifelong Hornets!  She received both her bachelor's of arts degree in English and master’s degree in educational administration from Norfolk State College (now University). She earned a doctorate in educational administration from Virginia Tech.

Dr. Barefield began her teaching career at Truitt Jr. High School (now Oscar Smith Middle) in 1977. She also taught at Western Branch High School and Indian River Jr. High before moving to the Chesapeake School Administration Building to work as a staff assistant to the assistant superintendent for personnel. Following a year there, she became the assistant principal for instruction at Crestwood Middle School, where she remained for four years. Her next assignment was as personnel administrator, staffing teacher positions at all middle schools. This is a position she held for seventeen years before assuming her new position as principal of Deep Creek Middle.

Now in her thirty-ninth year with Chesapeake Public Schools, Dr. Barefield is still excited to have the opportunity to work with students. She recognizes that there will be challenging days ahead, but she looks forward to helping to positively shape the minds, hearts, and spirits of the students who’ll enter the doors of Deep Creek Middle. She looks to the parents, teachers and staff, as well as the community, to assist with this endeavor.  She firmly believes that  with everyone working together, all students can achieve.


Assistant Principal:  Dr. Gwendolyn Moss

Asst. Principal - Dr. Moss

GRADE: 8th

Email: Gwen.Moss@cpschools.com


Dr. Gwendolyn Moss attended Norfolk State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications Degree. She attended Regent University and received her Masters of Arts in Counseling Degree. She furthered her education at Cambridge College and obtained a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies Degree in Educational Leadership. Her Doctorate Degree was earned from Walden University in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning.

She began her career as a Chesapeake Police Officer in the fall of 1987. She was a police officer specialist and served in the Patrol Unit and the Drug, Abuse, Resistance, Education, (D.A.R.E.) Unit where Deep Creek Middle School was one of several schools she was assigned throughout the city. Additional assignments were spent in the Detective Unit, and Crime Prevention Unit. She also served as a reserve special agent in the United States Coast Guard and performed federal law enforcement services.

Dr. Moss became an educator in the fall of 1996. Her love from working with students in the school system as a D.A.R.E. officer and a desire to be prepared with the difficult situations they presented, inspired her to seek a degree in counseling. This love and desire developed into a passion of wanting to be more proactive in keeping students out of the juvenile justice system. She accepted the position with Chesapeake Public Schools as a student assistance/crisis counselor and later an academic counselor at Hickory High School. She also served as administrative assistant at Western Branch Intermediate School. Dr. Moss has served on several academic and community committees and has presented at state and local conferences and workshops.

A world traveler, Dr. Moss considers seeing and experiencing many cultures as fun, exciting, and relaxing. She has visited many countries and all continents except Antarctica. Additionally, Dr. Moss believes in wellness of mind, body, and spirit. An avid runner and weightlifter, these are healthy habits along with her faith she affirms enhances her overall well-being toward life.

Dr. Moss loves the opportunities she has had to work with students, families, teachers, administrators, staff and the community to promote positive outcomes in the educational process. This is her passion! It is her belief that no one becomes successful on their own. It takes dedicated team work, genuine hard work, and sincere effort. With these important components, she believes the students at Deep Creek Middle will exude success!  



Assistant Principal:  Mr. John Irving

Asst. Principal - Mr. Irving

GRADES: 6th and 7th

Email: John.Irving@cpschools.com



Mr. John Irving is a lifelong Chesapeake resident. After graduating from Great Bridge High School in 1982, Mr. Irving attended Old Dominion University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1987. After two years teaching in North Carolina, he returned to Chesapeake to teach social studies at Great Bridge Middle School.  Mr. Irving also spent time teaching at Hickory Middle School and Greenbrier Middle School.

After receiving his Master’s degree in Educational Administration, Mr. Irving was appointed assistant principal at Deep Creek High School in 2005. Over the past 10 years, he has also served as an assistant principal at Hugo A. Owens Middle School, Southwestern Elementary and the Chesapeake Center for Science and Technology.


Mr. Irving is part of a family of educators. His wife of 20 years, Donna, is a teacher at Indian River High School. His brother and sister are also teachers in Chesapeake. Mr. Irving’s two sons are proud Virginia Tech Hokies. One is a recent graduate and his youngest is a freshman at Virginia Tech.


Now entering his twenty-ninth year in education, Mr. Irving is looking forward to his experience here at Deep Creek Middle School. He also encourages students to TAKE THE TIME TO DREAM BIG as dreams lead to great things, large and small.