David Swanger, Director

A 1984 graduate of Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Mr. David Swanger takes pride in referring to himself as a product of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. He received his undergraduate and graduate Picture of director David Swangerdegrees from Old Dominion University in 1989 and 2001, respectively. Mr. Swanger has worked in the Virginia Beach school division for over 3 decades. The first 11 years he taught virtually every Technology Education course offered to Virginia Beach junior and senior high school students. During those same years he also coached football and track, and sponsored the Technology Student Association. Before going to the Tech Center in 2005, he spent four years as an assistant principal at Floyd E. Kellam High School.

Mr. Swanger continues the long-standing tradition of preparing Tech Center students for the ever changing, challenging, and competitive work place, providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary to be life-long learners, and affording them every opportunity to further their education. His ultimate goal is to ensure Tech Center students are future ready upon high school graduation.

Patrick Ivy Wroton, Assistant Principal

Mr. Wroton earned his undergraduate degree in Technology Education in 1996 from Old Dominion University.  He once again attended Old Dominion University and earned his master’s degree in Educational Leadership in 2003.  Mr. Wroton began his career with VBCPS in 1996 as a Technology Education teacher at Independence Middle School.  After three

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 years, he transferred to Tallwood High School where he taught Technology Education courses and coached JV and Varsity girls soccer for four years, before being promoted to assistant principal for the next seven years.  Mr. Wroton was appointed to the principalship at Landstown Elementary School in 2011, and served that community for five years, before transferring to Princess Anne Elementary where he has served as principal for the last five years. 

Mr. Wroton is excited to begin his new adventure at the Technical & Career Center, and considers the move to be “coming back to his roots.”  His passion for assisting students will continue in this new setting, and his goal is to help students become career ready, and productive citizens. 

Robert Marlin, School Counselor 

Mr. Marlin is a product of Virginia Beach City Public Schools as a 1990 graduate of Princess Anne High School. He earned his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice 

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from Old Dominion in 1995, then he earned his master's degree in school and community counseling from Regent University in 2006. Mr. Marlin's career has been dedicated to counseling teens. His career began in the mental health setting as an outdoor wilderness counselor. He has since served as a group home counselor, case manager for Big Brother's Big Sisters, and a drug and violence prevention specialist. Mr. Marlin's career in the educational setting began as a student assistance counselor in Hampton Schools, 8 years as a school counselor at Salem High School, and 2 years as the School Counseling Department Chair at Frank W. Cox High School. Mr. Marlin will continue to promote and support the excellent programs, students and staff to continue the history of excellence at the Tech Center.