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JaMese Black

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Henry County School Board on Monday approved appointing JaMese Black as the new principal of Magna Vista High School, according to a news release.

“Mrs. Black’s passion is guiding students to become life-long learners,” Superintendent Jared Cotton said in the release. “I look forward to working with her as we continue a tradition of excellence at Magna Vista High School.”

Cotton recommended Black’s appointment to the board.

Black, a Henry County native and 1992 graduate of Fieldale-Collinsville High School, said in the release she is “honored and humbled to have the opportunity to … continue the high expectation of excellence and success” at Magna Vista. “I plan to continue the high expectations for academic achievement for all of our students and support our teachers in their quest to provide high energy, engaging and rigorous instruction every single day,” she said.

“I believe a key component of any school’s climate is the relationship among the school administration, teachers, staff, parents and our students, and I will work tirelessly to build and maintain positive relationships with all stakeholders in our school community,” Black added.

Her career in education began at Rockingham County High School (in North Carolina) in 1998, where she was a social studies teacher. She served as a social studies teacher for seven years before becoming curriculum facilitator at Weaver Academy and Early/Middle College at Bennett, both in Greensboro, N.C., according to the release.

She was assistant principal at Bartlett Yancey High School in Yanceyville, N.C., from 2008-2009 and at Northeast Guilford High School in McLeansville, N.C., from 2011-2014, the release stated.

In her role as principal of Magna Vista, Black will be responsible for developing and maintaining an effective educational program consistent with state and federal guidelines and the philosophy, policies and goals of the school board, the release stated.

She also will meet and confer with students, parents, faculty and staff; plan, organize and direct implementation of all school activities; establish and maintain an effective learning climate in the school; provide for the efficient conduct of school instruction and business; initiate, design and implement programs to meet specific needs of the school; direct and monitor the development of the school's instructional program; and supervise and evaluate all activities and programs that are outgrowths of the school’s curriculum, the release stated.

Black holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in history from High Point University. She is a North Carolina certified teacher mentor and a member of Robert Marzano’s Professional Learning Community at Work and the North Carolina New Schools Project, the release stated.

“Marzano is an educational leader, and his professional learning community concept is one that is adopted by many school systems,” stated Monica Adams Hatchett, HCPS coordinator for family and community engagement.

North Carolina New Schools is “a public-private catalyst for education innovation,” according to its website.

“I attended Magna Vista, then transferred to Fieldale-Collinsville High School and graduated in 1992,” Black said in information provided by HCPS. “My mother, Sallie Morris-Redd, taught in Henry County for 42 years. My father was Rev. James R. Morris (pastored in Bassett).”

Black’s mother and stepfather, Walter Redd, live in Martinsville, Hatchett said. Black’s older brothers are JaSal Morris of Cleveland, Tenn., and Rev. JeSie Morris of Eden, N.C., according to the release.

JaMese Black and her husband, Rico, have twin sons, Ocir and Zyon.

“I am excited about my first year as principal of Magna Vista High School. It is a true pleasure to join the Warrior community, a community that has partnered and continues to build partnerships with our parents and community members,” Black said in the release. “With all of us joined together, success is our only option. Warrior families, please stop by my office at any time to introduce yourself or to set up an appointment so that we can get to know each other.”

Hatchett said several applicants applied for the job of Magna Vista principal. “A salary has not been released at this point. It is assessed based on experience,” Hatchett said.

Black, of Winston-Salem, N.C., will begin work with HCPS on July 7, Hatchett said.

Black will succeed Gracie Agnew, who retired earlier this month, as principal of Magna Vista.


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