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ABSS Announces Administrative Appointments and Reassignments SUmmer 2021

Ms. Leslie Ray has been named Assistant Principal of of Grove Park Elementary School

Ms. Ray has been dedicated in her work to education for 16 years, serving Alamance-Burlington Schools for 14. She has worked as a special education teacher at all grade levels, a coach in the district and was most recently a program specialist for the exceptional children’s department.

She was an NC Teaching Fellow at Appalachian State University during undergraduate studies, followed by an NC Principal Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro while completing a Masters degree in School Administration. Ms. Ray recently completed her principal internship at Alexander Wilson Elementary School.

“I am so excited to join the Grove Park family and serve the students, staff and community!”

Mrs. Lashonda B. Hester has been named Principal of South Mebane Elementary

A veteran educator, Mrs. Hester has worked in education for more than 17 years. She has served as a teacher, coach, mentor, education consultant, assistant principal and current principal.

Mrs. Hester earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina Central University and Masters of School Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

A Mebane resident, Mrs. Hester is excited to serve the South Mebane Elementary School community and greater Mebane & Alamance County communities. LaShonda is a wife and proud mom of a rising ABSS kindergartner and sixth grader.

Mr. Matt Ritter has been named Principal of Southern Middle School

A veteran educator, Mr. Ritter, has worked in the Alamance-Burlington School System for 19 years. He has served as a teacher, coach, instructional leader, mentor, athletic director, and current assistant principal. Mr. Ritter's entire 19 year career has been spent serving the staff, students, and community of Southern Middle School.

Mr. Ritter earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina State University and Master of School Administration degree from Gardner-Webb University.

A Burlington resident, Mr. Ritter is excited at the opportunity to continue to serve Tiger Nation and the entire Southern Middle School community. Matt is a proud father of two ABSS elementary school-age children and the husband of an ABSS employee.

Dr. Helena Thomas has been named Principal of Walter Williams High School

Most recently from the Atlanta Metropolitan area, Dr. Thomas is familiar with NC since she was an NC Teaching Fellow and obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel-Hill and began her career in Asheboro City Schools and Guilford County Schools. She went on to receive a Masters in Education from North Carolina State University and her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Thomas is an innovative educational leader looking forward to promoting a positive school culture and supporting student achievement at Williams.

Dr. Valerie Andrews has been named Chief Secondary Officer for Middle Schools

With over 20 years of experience in the NC public school system, Dr. Andrews is a veteran principal and former guidance counselor with a desire to support students, parents and staff.

Dr. Andrews earned her undergraduate degree from North Carolina Central University, Masters degrees from Campbell University and North Carolina State University, and her Doctor of Education degree from North Carolina State.

“It is my esteemed honor to be named Chief Secondary Officer for Middle Schools for the Alamance-Burlington School System. Having a long standing passion for middle school education, I am excited about the opportunity to work in this capacity to support principals, and staff as we continue to provide a quality educational experience for all students in our district. “

Mr. Emmet Alexander has been named Principal of the new Alamance Virtual School

Alexander was named the Alamance-Burlington Principal of the Year in 2018 in his eighth year as the lead administrator at Hugh M. Cummings High School and has been a career educator with ABSS since 2003.

A graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Exceptional Children's Teaching Licensure, Mr. Alexander also earned his Masters in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

"I am excited to initiate the Alamance Burlington Virtual School. I look forward to working with the community to ensure that this process empowers intrinsically motivated students to connect and interact with their peers and teachers in a virtual environment. I look forward to working with Alamance County students, families and staff to transform online education and ensure that students prepare for 21st Century learning."

Mr. Matt Haley has been named Principal of Western Alamance High School

Mr. Haley has been with ABSS since 2001, when he began working at Hawfields Middle School, where he was named the 2015-2016 ABSS Assistant Principal of the Year.

Mr. Haley received his Bachelor of Arts degree from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and his teacher licensure from Appalachian State University. He received his Master of School Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an Ed.S in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Mr. Haley has most recently served as the Principal of the Alamance-Burlington Early College at ACC since 2019.

"I am very excited to join the Western High School community. Western Alamance is a comprehensive high school with rich traditions and a strong commitment to academics, athletics, cultural arts, and the Career Technical program. I look forward to supporting a positive environment that provides a quality educational experience for all students."

Ms. Suzanne Simpson has been named Interim-Principal of the Alamance-Burlington Early College at ACC

Ms. Simpson, a career educator, has worked in Alamance-Burlington Schools since 2006. Her career includes leadership roles at Hawfields Middle, Woodlawn Middle, and at the district level, before her current position as Assistant Principal at Eastern Alamance High School. Ms. Simpson holds a National Board Certification for Professional Teaching Standards: Young Adolescent Science and was named Hawfields Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2011 and ABSS Assistant Principal of the Year in 2014-2015 while serving at Woodlawn Middle School.

She received her Bachelor degree in Middle Grades Education from Elon University, a Masters for Experienced Teachers in K-8 Science and School Administration licensure from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

"I look forward to joining the ABSS Early College @ ACC. I am excited to work alongside our students, staff, and families to continue to prepare our students for the future."