Administrative Staff:   Lisa Harding, API; Naomi Dunbar, Principal; Brenna Anderson, AP;  Scott Mincheff, AP; Derrell Joppy, AP,  Kathy Roberts-Walker, AP

Mrs. Dunbar

Mrs. Dunbar is excited to begin her third year as principal at Indian River High School. She began her teaching career 27 years ago with Chesapeake Public Schools. Mrs. Dunbar taught for nine years (1990-1999) as a math teacher at Western Branch Middle School. In 1999, she was assigned to her first administrative position as the Assistant Principal of Indian River Middle School. Six years later, she became the principal and served there from 2005 until 2014. 

After graduating from Western Branch High School, Mrs. Dunbar received her B.S. from Norfolk State University in Electronics Engineering, M.A. in Urban Education and Ed. S from The George Washington University in Administration and Supervision. 

Mrs. Dunbar resides in Chesapeake with her husband, Michael and children. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and reading.

Mrs. Dunbar’s favorite quote is “No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.”

Mrs. Harding

Mrs. Harding is the Assistant Principal of Instruction. Her responsibilities include overseeing instruction, SOL testing, and student achievement.

She received her B.S. in English Education from Elon University, M.S. in Middle Level Education and ED.S. in Administration and Supervision from Walden University, and is currently working on Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Virginia Tech. Before transitioning into school administration, she taught middle and high school English. She believes in the importance of collaboration and life-long learning, differentiating instruction to meet the needs of every student, and building strong, positive relationships. She is proud to be an Indian River Brave!

Mrs. Harding resides in Chesapeake with her husband and three children. She enjoys gardening, cooking and reading.

Ms. Anderson

Ms. Anderson is a newly appointed Assistant Principal at Indian River High School. Her responsibilities include Special Education, Brave's Academy, Discipline H-O, Make-Up Center, Saturday School and Truancy.

She received her B.S. in Elementary Education K-6 from Slippery Rock University, M.S. in Secondary Education from Old Dominion University and C.A.G.S. in School Administration and Supervision form Cambridge College. Before transitioning into school administration, she taught high school Health & Physical Education, Freshman Seminar and served as the Graduation Coach. She also taught middle school Health and Physical Education and began her career as a third grade classroom teacher. She believes all children have an innate ability to learn and achieve to their maximum potential. It is her sincere hope that students will graduate high school with the academic and life skills necessary to enter a world full of followers and dare to be leaders.

Ms. Anderson resides in Chesapeake. When not at school, Ms. Anderson enjoys spending time outdoors, specifically hunting, fishing and water activities. When her schedule allows, she enjoys visiting her family in Pennsylvania and Florida.

Mr. Joppy

Mr.  Joppy is the Assistant Principal who oversees athletes, student activities, and the Fine Arts.  His other responsibilities include leading the Enhanced Student Teacher Assistance Team (ESTAT), managing the school's master schedule, reviewing attendance extenuating circumstances, leading the custodial team and supervising discipline for students P-Z.

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications and a Master of Science degree in Special Education from Norfolk State University.  He also holds an Education Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from The George Washington University.  Before transitioning into school administration, Mr. Joppy was a special education teacher at Indian River High School for ten years.

Mr. Joppy pursues excellence in education. He believes in the quote by Aristotle “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution.

Mr. Joppy resides in Chesapeake with his wife and children.