Herman D. Clark, Jr., Ed.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Clark is one of three children born to Dr. and Mrs. Herman Clark, Sr. His brother, the late Dr. Vernon Clark lastly worked at NAFEO and served as professor at the University of Washington, D.C. His sister, Dr. Phyllis Clark-Freeman is principal of Poplar Halls Elementary School in Norfolk, Virginia.

As a child reared in the low-income area of Norfolk, Va., Dr. Clark enjoyed the nurturing of family and community while in elementary, junior high, and high school. He only missed four days of school in his entire elementary experience. He graduated from high school as the age of 16 and began a stimulating, challenging college life, participating in sports, debate team, clubs and band.

Dr. Clark is married to Dr. Reuthenia Clark, principal of Azalea Middle School in Norfolk, Virginia and Founder of the Ministry School of Music, Inc. They have two children, Johanna Joy, a surgical assistant in Atlanta, Georgia and Victor Pierre, Internal Medicine Residence at Sentara General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.

Religion and strong family upbringing have been the greatest assets in Dr. Clark's life. By his father being his pastor for the majority of his life, spiritual growth and training have been emphasized. One scripture of which both his parents have always reminded him is, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." This verse plays a major part in Dr. Clark's life, both professional and personal.

The most challenging and rewarding achievements took place when Dr. Clark was principal of Bowling Park Elementary School. There, the students and parents were cooperative, supportive, and committed to education. The old African American proverb was deeply rooted in the community of Bowling Park School: "It takes a village to raise a child." The church, scouts, recreational leaders, businesses, etc. were active participants in teaching these students. When Bowling Park School scored in the top five of the state achievement test, it proved what can happen when the school and community work together.

Under Dr. Clark's leadership, parents were totally involved in the school. They voiced their opinions, spoke in local, state and national PTA conferences, and saw to it that they reinforced those concepts and skills that the teachers were trying to cultivate in the classroom. The students were excited about learning and were always eager to "show off" their intellectual ability. The entire staff served as MOMS and DADS to all students.

In 1997, Dr. Clark was promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Norfolk Public Schools and continued working with schools and community in improving student achievement until his retirement in March, 2004. View Dr. Clark's vita>>

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