The Stokes County Board of Education recently announced the new principals for the 2018-19 school year: Meredith Holmes (King Elementary), Lisa Moore (London Elementary), Kelley Miller (Mount Olive Elementary), Paul Hall (Meadowbrook Academy) and Samuel Jones (Poplar Springs Elementary).
“We completed a thorough process in order to hire great people to lead our schools. I’m thankful that so many people want to work in Stokes County, giving us a deep pool of applicants,” said Superintendent Dr. Brad Rice. “We received 44 applications and interviewed 21 candidates. The committee looked at school survey data, the teacher working conditions survey, and knowledge of the schools and communities they serve to place the best people in the best positions.”
Holmes is coming to the district from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools where she served as an assistant principal at Gibson Elementary and earlier at Easton Elementary. Prior to becoming a school administrator, Holmes was an exceptional children’s teacher and was recognized as EC Teacher of the Year twice and was named Exceptional Children’s Ambassador to Education. Holmes served as an elementary curriculum facilitator and coordinated a summer literacy achievement program for at-risk children multiple years. She holds a post master’s certificate in administration and a master of special education in behavior disorders and an advanced license in leadership from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Holmes received her Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in special education mental retardation from Columbus State University in Georgia. In her application process, Holmes said her leadership style is to “lead by example, educate from your heart.” She plans to foster a collaborative environment where the staff, parents and the community continue what has already been in place of working together to positively impact student learning. Holmes replaces Karen Nunn who is retiring July 1.
Moore is currently an assistant principal at North Stokes High School. Previously, she served as an assistant principal at Chestnut Grove Middle and was an elementary classroom teacher at Mount Olive Elementary and in Florida for several years. Moore earned her Master’s in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University and her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida. Moore says she enjoys the challenges of education, working with teachers, parents, and students to increase engagement and progress. She is replacing Kristine Mitchell who is leaving to start a new career.
Miller has served as an assistant principal at West Stokes High since 2014. Other roles in education have included middle school instructional coach, middle and high school English teacher and adjunct instructor at High Point University and Surry Community College. Miller is a National Boards Certified Teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grades at Meredith College where she was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and Honors Scholar; a Master of Arts in English at Wake Forest University and a Master of School Administration from Appalachian State University. Miller said she is excited about transitioning to Mount Olive, where she attended elementary school. Miller is replacing Robin Layman who is leaving to spend more time with family.
Hall is currently an assistant principal at South Stokes High. He taught and coached at the high school level in Stokes County and across the state since 2006. Hall earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a minor in Biology, a Master of Education from East Tennessee State University and his Masters in School Administration from Appalachian State University. Hall said he is excited about becoming part of Meadowbrook Academy, a well-known school program recognized throughout the state, and looks forward to continuing the tradition of success. Hall believes it’s important to teach skills that will benefit students throughout their life. He is replacing David Hicks who is retiring July 1.
For the past two years, Jones has served as principal at Walnut Cove Elementary. He is a former math and science teacher. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in physical education, math and science from East Carolina University and his Master’s in School Administration from UNC-Wilmington. Jones said he is extremely grateful for his time at Walnut Cove and is excited about the opportunity to serve the students of Poplar Springs.
Jones added, “I’m looking forward to working alongside the staff, parents and community to continue many more successes for students and their families.”
He is replacing David Priddy, who is returning to the classroom as a teacher at Stokes Early College High School next year.