DCMS Administration

Principal:  Mr. Brian Haughinberry

Principal - Mr_Haughinberry


Email: Brian.Haughinberry@cpschools.com


Mr. Brian Haughinberry is beginning his first year as principal of Deep Creek Middle after serving as an assistant principal at Grassfield High School.  Mr. Haughinberry is beginning his twenty first year with Chesapeake Public Schools.  He received a B.A. in Communications from Glassboro State College in Glassboro, New Jersey, a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and an M.A. in Administration from Cambridge College.  He began his teaching career at Crestwood Middle School where he served as a teacher, coach, athletic director, and department head.


He left his position as the Athletic Director at Great Bridge High School to come to Grassfield High School prior to its opening to develop the athletic program as the school’s first Athletic Director, a position he held during the school’s first year.  Mr. Haughinberry became an Assistant Principal in 2008. 


Mr. Haughinberry was named the 2015 Outstanding Secondary Assistant Principal of Virginia by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP).  He lives in Chesapeake with his wife Donna, and has three children – Katelyn, Brian, and Matthew – and three grandchildren, Nathaniel, Alexander, and Kyla.



Assistant Principal:  Mrs. Lychellia Cheeks

GRADE: 8th

Email: Lychellia.Cheeks@cpschools.com


Mrs. Lychellia Cheeks comes from a long line of teachers and preachers. Originally born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Mrs. Cheeks’ family members were educators and administrators in public schools, alternative schools, school board members, as well as Higher Education faculty and staff. She loves Bernard’s Pralines when she visits Louisiana.


Mrs. Cheeks earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana State University, Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services, Master of Education, and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in K12 Supervision and Leadership from Regent University. 


Before coming to Deep Creek Middle School, Mrs. Cheeks served as juvenile prevention specialist in the Juvenile Magistrates office, social studies teacher, and club sponsor in Terre Haute, Indiana. After moving to the Commonwealth of Virginia, she served as office manager for Psychological Service Center at Regent University and receptionist at her local church. She has been a classroom social studies teacher and Student Activities Coordinator at Great Bridge High School and assistant principal at Grassfield High School. Mrs. Cheeks brings a wealth of experience from her previous role as supervisor of secondary social studies, World Language, Freshman Transition, and Graduation Coaches. She attributes her success to faith, family and the amazing professionals she has worked with along the way.


She lives in Chesapeake with her husband Roger. She is “Moma” to Jillian, RaChelle, Brooke, and Aaron, and “Gram” to Cameron and Anngela. Her strong work ethic was gifted to her by her parents Roosevelt and Josephine. Always a tribute to them, she is ready to roll up her sleeves and get to work with the Deep Creek Middle School team.



Assistant Principal:  Mrs. Tracey Sabbato

Asst. Principal - Mrs. Sabbato

GRADES: 6th and 7th

Email: Tracey.Sabbato@cpschools.com



Mrs. Tracey Sabbato is beginning her first year as an assistant principal at Deep Creek Middle after serving as an assistant principal at Greenbrier Middle School and Oscar Smith Middle School.  Before becoming an administrator, she taught English at Hickory Middle School and was the Reading Specialist at Greenbrier Middle School.  Mrs. Sabbato graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Science degree in Education.  She received her endorsement and post master’s certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration from The George Washington University.


Mrs. Sabbato resides in Chesapeake with her husband, Phillip, and their son.