David W. Gaston served as a classroom teacher, elementary, middle, and high school assistant principal and principal and central office administrator with the York County School Division, Hampton City Schools, and Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools for 24 years. He was named the Division Superintendent for Charles City Public Schools in Charles City, VA in July 2014 and continues to serve Charles City County in this capacity.
Prior to assuming the office of superintendent, Dr. Gaston served WJCC Public Schools as the Principal of James River Elementary School (2004-2007) and Berkeley Middle School (2004-2011). He then served WJCC Public Schools in their Central Office Administration, where he spent almost four years as the Senior Director for Student Services and the Senior Director for Accountability, Quality and Innovation. Prior to WJCC, he served as an elementary principal in Hampton City Schools. While in York County, Dr. Gaston served as an elementary and high school assistant principal, an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Coordinator, central office administrator and history and social studies teacher in York County Public Schools.
Dr. Gaston is an adjunct professor at the Darden School of Education at Old Dominion University, where he has facilitated undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level courses in Educational Leadership Studies and Teaching and Learning for the past 10 years. His work in education also extends to training and consulting with the International Baccalaureate of the Americas (IBA). As an IB-trained educator, he established the first and fifth elementary school Primary Years Programme (PYP) school sites in Virginia. He has also works with schools across the United States as an independent education consultant.
He holds B.A, M.A.Ed., and Ed.D. degrees from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and lives in Williamsburg, VA with his wife, Susan. Their two sons, John and Henry, currently attend the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, VA. He enjoys just about any outdoor activity, particularly cycling, running, hunting, snow skiing, and water sports.