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Friday, July 11, 2014

By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer

The Henry County School board on Thursday appointed Wendy Durham, principal of Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School, as the school division’s director of K-12 instruction, and named Corbin Campbell, an assistant principal at F-C, that school’s new principal.

Durham succeeds Sandy Strayer as director of K-12 instruction. Strayer recently was named the school division’s assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, succeeding DeWitt House, who retired.

Henry County Public Schools (HCPS) Superintendent Jared Cotton said Durham “is very skilled at curriculum and instruction. I am impressed with her knowledge of research-based practices in curriculum and instruction. She will be instrumental in helping us move forward in this area.”

Durham has served as an elementary and middle school administrator for Henry County and Rockingham County (N.C.) public schools since 2003, according to a news release from HCPS.

“As an administrator, I found it especially rewarding to collaborate with teachers on their instruction to determine student needs and execute a plan propelled by research-based strategies,” Durham said in the release. “I anticipate continuing these educational conversations with administrators and teachers countywide.”

“My primary goal is to support Henry County educators in their drive to raise student achievement,” she added.

Cotton said Campbell has worked at both county middle schools and is “very knowledgeable of middle schools and the middle school concept.” Campbell “has worked at F-C the last two years as (assistant principal) and will continue the great work (there) moving forward,” Cotton said. He added the school has made good improvements with Durham at the helm.

Before going to F-C, Campbell was assistant principal at Laurel Park Middle School for five years, the release stated.

“I enjoy working alongside teachers and staff in creating meaningful educational opportunities for students and in helping students to become life-long learners,” Campbell said in the release.

The school board made three other administrative appointments at Thursday’s meeting. The following information comes from the school division release and school officials.

Cherie Whitlow, administrative intern at Carver Elementary for 2011-12 and 2013-14, was named assistant principal at F-C. In 2012-13 she taught physical education due to student numbers and need.

Marcie Seay was appointed the administrative intern at Carver Elementary. She previously was an administrative intern at Stanleytown Elementary and most recently served as division coordinator of secondary SLD (specific learning disabilities) teachers at Bassett High School.

Jalyn Daniels-Boyd, assistant principal at Stanleytown Elementary, was appointed assistant principal at Axton and Drewry Mason elementary schools.

Whitlow said in the release: “My career has allowed me to return to (F-C) on several occasions as a teacher and coach. I am a true Cavalier at heart. I am committed to share my passion of education and love for students. I am truly excited to be a part of a school community that strives to provide an excellent educational experience for children.”

F-C has two assistant principals. Turonne Hunt will continue as an assistant principal and will be joined by Whitlow, according to Monica Adams Hatchett, the school division’s coordinator of family and community engagement.

Seay said in the release: “I am elated to have the opportunity to serve the students of Carver Elementary. Carver has a rich history rooted in excellence, and together, we will continue to build a strong educational foundation centered on student progress. I look forward to meeting and building relationships with the wonderful students, parents, staff and community members.”

Daniels-Boyd said in the release: “I am excited about becoming the assistant principal at Axton and Drewry Mason elementary schools. I feel that the challenge of serving two schools is viable with the strong, supportive leadership and faculty, as well as the high level of parent and community support within each school. I look forward to beginning this new journey and eagerly await the opportunity to meet all the children and parents from each school.”

Also at Thursday’s meeting, Cotton and the school board welcomed JaMese Black, the new principal of Magna Vista High School, where she was once a student. She succeeds Gracie Agnew, who retired.

Cotton said of Black: “As a graduate of Fieldale-Collinsville High School, Mrs. Black pursued her dream of becoming an educator at High Point University, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in history and a master’s degree in educational leadership. She went on to teach in North Carolina Public Schools for seven years before becoming a curriculum facilitator and then an assistant principal.”

While serving as an assistant principal at Bartlett Yancey and Northeast Guilford high schools, “Mrs. Black worked collaboratively with teachers, families and community members to ensure positive communication for the support of student achievement,” Cotton said. “She has worked closely with colleges and universities in the placement of interns and increased student involvement and school community pride through the development of clubs and organizations.”

Cotton noted that Black’s motto is “committed to academic excellence and the holistic student.”

Black’s “diverse experience, coupled with her passion for student success and her hometown, is certain to help the students in our community to move toward their goals,” Cotton said.

Black told the school board, “Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my dream by returning home.” She added she is “humbled and truly honored” and looks “forward to working with you and our community.”


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