6th Grade Assistant Principal
Jerrelle Griffin comes to Benjamin Syms Middle School from Jones Magnet Middle School where she's been an assistant principal since August 2012. Mrs. Griffin previously served as a learning facilitator at the Performance Learning Center in Alternative Education with Hampton City Schools. She began her career as a science teacher at Denbigh High School and later at Warwick High School in Newport News.
Mrs. Griffin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology from Hampton University and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Regent University.
She enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons. Her other interests include organizing events with her local church and sorority, reading, shopping, and participating in group exercise sessions.
7th Grade Assistant Principal
Born and raised in Hampton, VA, Mr. Barkley is a product of Hampton City Schools. He attended Robert E. Lee Elementary School, Lindsay Middle School, and Hampton High School. After graduating from Hampton, he attended the College of William & Mary where he earned a bachelor’s degree in History. Mr. Barkley also holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from The George Washington University.
Mr. Barkley taught History at Hampton High School for ten years. He previously served two years as an Assistant Principal at Andrews Pre-K-8 School.
8th Grade Assistant Principal
Ms. Mia K. Pollard
Ms. Mia Pollard comes to Hampton City Schools from Charles City County Public Schools where she served for a year as an assistant principal. She also served as an assistant principal at the middle and high school level for Williamsburg-James City County Schools. She began her career in education as a middle school health and physical education teacher with Hampton City Schools. She also taught health and physical education in Williamsburg-James City Public schools and in Alexandria City Public Schools.
Ms. Pollard earned her bachelor’s from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master’s from Virginia Commonwealth University. She obtained her administrative license through the College of William and Mary.
Please welcome Ms. Pollard to the Syms Spartan family!
Ms. Sharice Murrell
Counselor A- H
Language Arts Support Specialist
Math Support Specialist
Mrs. Heard, RN
Ms. S. Hall