WCPS announces principal changes

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GOLDSBORO - Dr. Theresa Cox and John Bell have been reassigned as principals to different schools within the Wayne County Public School system.

The Wayne County Board of Education approved the changes during a special called meeting Friday morning.

Dr. Cox will move from Dillard Middle to assume principal and director of alternative learning programs at Wayne Middle/High Academy. A 25-year veteran educator, she has taught and been an assistant principal and principal at the middle and high school levels.

A former principal of an alternative school, Dr. Cox holds bachelor's degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds a master's degree in school administration and a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Fayetteville State University.

Bell is leaving Wayne Middle/High Academy and taking over at Charles B. Aycock High School.

He has taught at the elementary level, served as an assistant principal in grades K-12 and in grades 6-12. In addition, Bell has served in director roles for both the Career and College Promise (CCP) Program and Safety and Operations for Johnston County Schools.

Bell is a graduate of Elon College, has a teaching certification from St. Augustine’s College and a master’s degree in school administration from East Carolina University.

“Mr. Bell and Dr. Cox are very excited about the opportunities to advance these schools,” said Dr. James Merrill, current acting superintendent of WCPS.

"Mr. Bell brings with him a wealth of experience helping engage students on a social emotional level and connecting students to college programs that are available to them. Dr. Cox is looking for a new opportunity to help engage struggling students and is very interested in leading efforts to improve how alternative learning occurs in Wayne County."

Bell and Dr. Cox will transition to their new roles July 1.

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