Walter Raines, Roanoke Minnick Vocational Campus’ new principal, is thrilled to be an educator again.

Raines worked in education for 26 years, serving as a teacher, basketball coach, athletic director and assistant principal before going to work for the Social Security Administration.

“My life-long passion has always been to teach and to serve students,” says Raines. “After serving three years in a different career path, the position at Roanoke Minnick Vocational Campus is giving me the opportunity to return to my desired profession in the field of education.”

Raines is excited about the newly renovated space, which will allow for more students to attend Roanoke Minnick Vocational Campus.

“I am looking forward to working with the teachers and staff to bring forth the mission of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia,” he said. “I truly believe that all students can learn. We want the students to be able to learn skills that can increase their quality of life, and help them to have better futures.”

Raines received his undergraduate degree from Marshall University and his Masters in Educational Leadership from Regent University.