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ABSS Announces Administrative Appointments and Reassignments 2021-2022

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."

Mr. Dave Wils has been named Assistant Principal of Graham High School

Dave Wils is a newcomer to Alamance-Burlington Schools, having spent the past 7 years in Guilford County where he taught 7th and 8th grade social studies at The Academy at Lincoln and World History, Civics & Economics, and AP Government at Grimsley High School. The past two years, Mr. Wils has been a North Carolina Principal Fellow with UNCG, where he earned his Master of School Administration this past May while interning at Archer Elementary School in Greensboro. Other experiences include teaching US History at Lexington Senior High School and 7th grade social studies at Ledford Middle School in Davidson County Schools. He also has a BA in Social Studies Education from Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

Mr. Wils could not be more excited to join the Red Devil family and ABSS. He looks forward to working with the talented team at Graham High to bring about a positive school experience for all students as he begins the next stage of his educational career!

Clifton Thomas has been named new Assistant Principal of Eastern Alamance High School

Mr. Thomas has worked in education for over 19 years, starting his career as a teacher with the Aldine Independent School District in Houston, TX where he was named Teacher of the Year in 2004. He has also worked as an instructional coach, mentor, magnet coordinator, instructional resource teacher and testing coordinator.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations from Texas A&M University; a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix; and a Master of School Administration from North Carolina State University.

Mr. Thomas is passionate about increasing academic success and educational opportunities for students and is excited to add his skills and experience to the Eastern Alamance High School team!

Terran Harris has been named new Assistant Principal of Southern Alamance Middle School

Ms. Terran Harris is a Greensboro native, beginning her 13th year in education. Ms. Harris spent the first 6 years of her career teaching 3rd grade students. Her most recent position was with Guilford County Schools, working with academically gifted students in grades 3-5.

She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro receiving an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education K-6. After attending a professional development session on gifted students Ms. Harris pursued a master’s in gifted education from Elon University. She recently obtained her post masters in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and completed an administrative internship at Jesse Wharton Elementary.

Ms. Harris has developed and presented gifted education professional development over the past three years at the Guilford County Schools district level. She is looking forward to joining the Alamance Burlington School System and the great work that is happening at Southern Alamance Middle School. Go Tigers!

Margo Ford has been named Director of Pre-K and Before/Afterschool

Margo Ford knows that early childhood education is the foundation to lifelong success. This is her 13th career year as an early childhood professional. She has worked in the non-profit sector, 11 years in the public-school arena, an instructor at community colleges, as well as with the Children’s Developmental Services Agency (CDSA) as an early intervention services coordinator.

Family Engagement, Self-Awareness, and Early Learning Education has been her passion, purpose, and pursuit. Ms. Ford has been nominated twice as Teacher of the Year, as well as a finalist in 2020. She loves children and majored in Birth- Kindergarten Education at Winston-Salem State University, where she earned her degree and established her passion for family engagement, and literacy. She later attended University of North Carolina at Greensboro, receiving a master’s in early childhood Leadership and Administration, while gaining her passion for advocacy.

Ms. Ford is a published author of a children's book titled Mirrors Up. Mirrors Up is a self-awareness book full of affirmations building the foundation of cultural humility.

Ms. Ford is excited to join ABSS Early Learning Department and looks forward to joining an amazing community of children, families, and educators.

Scott Moore has been named Assistant Principal of Hawfields Middle School

Beginning his 18th year in education, Mr. Moore spent 15 years in Guilford County and the last 3 years with Alamance-Burlington Schools. During this time, he taught high school social studies and worked as a Behavior Coach and Interventionist the past two years at Broadview Middle School.

Mr. Moore earned an undergraduate degree in Social Science Education from Elon University and a Master's in History Education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State university. He received a post Master's Certificate in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Mr. Moore is excited to be working with and serving the Hawfield's Middle School Community!

Laura Beth Hoyle has been named Assistant Principal at Western Alamance High School

Ms. Hoyle will be starting her 11th year of education and is excited to be returning to Western Alamance High School. Ms. Hoyle has experience teaching middle and high school English and has been a part of a high school administration team for the past three years as an instructional lead teacher for Randolph County Schools.

She completed her undergraduate degree in English at Meredith College and received her Masters in Administration degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her principal internship at Western Alamance.

Ms. Hoyle looks forward to supporting WA, the staff, and the community as she joins the team this fall.

JaTara McIntyre has been named Assistant Principal at Broadview Middle School

Mrs. JaTara McIntyre is a career educator serving in middle grades education for the last 15 years. Beginning her career in Guilford County Schools, she worked as an ELA and Social Studies teacher before joining Alamance-Burlington Schools at Broadview Middle School in 2016. At Broadview Middle School she has worked as a Reading Interventionist, and most recently a Behavior Interventionist.

Mrs. McIntyre earned two Bachelor degrees, in Secondary Education and English, and a Master’s degree in School Administration from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

She is honored to continue her commitment to the success of her Broadview family in this new role.

Kristen Saunders-Rivera has been named Principal of Turrentine Middle School

Mrs. Kristen Saunders-Rivera is in her 25th year of education. She began her career in Winston-Salem and Chatham County before landing in ABSS in 2002. At ABSS she was a 7th grade ELA/Social Studies teacher at Turrentine Middle School, making this a full-circle move. From Turrentine, she transitioned to Southern Middle.

Mrs. Saunders-Rivera was a full-time principal intern at Williams High School and an Assistant Principal at Graham High School before assuming the role of Principal at A.O. Elementary in 2016.

Mrs. Saunders-Rivera earned a BA in Education from UNC at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Education from Elon. She earned her National Boards Certification in Middle Grades Language Arts in 2006. Additionally, she earned acceptance into the highly-competitive Piedmont-Triad Leadership Academy (PTLA) program through UNC-G and graduated with certification in Administration in 2016.

“Turrentine means a lot to me. I loved my time there, teaching and learning. We did great things for kids and some of my best days in Education were spent on campus, digging into my National Boards work and raising my then-young children. My son started kindergarten at Hillcrest and my daughter turned three while I was at Turrentine. Although it has been years since I wore Trojan green, TMS has always been a part of my heart and I am beyond ready to rejoin the family, anew.”

Erin Millspaugh is named Interim Principal of A.O. Elementary School

Mrs. Erin Millspaugh has been with ABSS her entire career. Beginning in 2002 as a teacher at Eastlawn, she also taught at South Graham Elementary before taking on the role of Academic Coach in 2012 at Highland Elementary. She has served as Assistant Principal at Highland Elementary since 2017.

Erin has served as a mentor for fellow ABSS colleagues since 2013. She has been named 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year at South Graham Elementary, ABSS Mentor of the Year in 2016, and ABSS Assistant Principal of the Year in 2019.

Mrs. Millspaugh earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Southwest Baptist University and a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education from North Carolina A&T State University. Additionally, she earned a Post Masters Certificate in School Administration from Western Carolina University, where she also received an Outstanding Leadership Award.

"I am so excited to be joining the AO family! I am looking forward to working alongside our students, staff, and families as we continue our work towards continuous learning and growing"

District Transfers

Alamance-Burlington Schools is committed to providing our school administrators a wider range of developmental opportunities within the district, including experiences with different schools and school populations. Congratulations to the following assistant principals who will have the opportunity to expand their administrative responsibilities and knowledge.

  • Avery Artis will move from Hugh M. Cummings High to Western Alamance High
  • Clifton Davis will move from Broadview Middle to Hugh M. Cummings High
  • Kara Davis will move from Western Alamance Middle to Elon Elementary
  • Whitney Fliehman will move from Graham High to Walter. M. Williams High
  • Rhoda Graves will move from Woodlawn Middle to Ray Street Academy
  • Rebecca Marsh will move from Western Alamance High to South Graham Elementary
  • Dave Nebrig will move from Western Alamance High to Eastern Alamance High
  • Maggie Paschal will move from South Graham Elementary to Alamance Virtual School
  • Tracy Pennington will move from Elon Elementary to Woodlawn Middle
  • Debra Sparks will move from Ray Street Academy to Western Alamance Middle