WCPS announces new principals

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The Wayne County Public Schools system will undergo administrative changes for the second half of the 2021-22 academic year.

Six schools will have new principals.

“I would like to extend a very special thank you to those principals who are leaving to start a new chapter in their lives for all that they have done in their careers with WCPS and for all that they have done to keep education happening throughout COVID,” said Dr. David Lewis, superintendent of WCPS.

“We look forward to welcoming these new and veteran principals to their new roles. They have all demonstrated they are effective leaders. Our district’s leadership team will support them during this transition.”

Thomas Young Jr. took over as principal at Brogden Middle School on Nov. 11. He replaced Dr. Damesha Smith, who accepted a position with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Young was assistant principal at Mount Olive Middle School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering technology and a master’s degree in education leadership.

Grantham Middle School’s new principal is Andrew Mitchell.

A former social studies teacher at Southern Wayne and current assistant principal at Charles B. Aycock, Mitchell is replacing Makita Jenkins. She plans to retire from WCPS at the end of December.

Mitchell has an associate’s degree in education, a bachelor’s degree in social studies education and a master’s degree in executive leadership.

Michael Jones, the 2020-21 assistant principal of the year at Southern Wayne, will become the new principal at Greenwood MS. He replaces Connie Harrell, who has announced she will retire Dec. 31.

Jones started his education career with WCPS as a social studies teacher and cross country coach at Spring Creek High School in 2004. He accepted an assistant principal position at Greene Central in 2016 before returning to WCPS in 2019.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in history/political science, a master’s degree in teaching (secondary social studies concentration) and a master’s degree in school administration.

Dr. Tammy Keel will move from Eastern Wayne MS to Spring Creek MS. She will step into the role vacated by Cheryll Price, who also plans to retire at the end of December.

Keel has been with WCPS since 1999. She holds an associate’s degree in business administration, a bachelor’s degree in management and organizational development, a master’s degree in school administration, and a doctorate’s degree in leadership in educational administration.

Other changes:

• Eric Waters is the new principal at Eastern Wayne Middle School.

• Holly Ball will replace Charles Smith at Rosewood Elementary. He announced he will retire at the end of December.

The principal changes will take effect Jan. 1, 2022.

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