KCS names new school leaders

KCS names new school leaders
Posted on 07/08/2014
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Students, staff, and parents at five KCS schools will see new faces in their leadership teams when school starts in August. The changes come as Superintendent Dr. Pam Cain promotes several KCS principals, assistant principals, and curriculum coordinators into new positions across the district.

 

Jackson Park Elementary principal, Nick Carlascio, will move to Forest Park Elementary to become that school’s principal. He will replace Dr. Melia Neale who is moving to the Lincoln County School System. Erin Anderson will replace Nick Carlascio at Jackson Park. She is currently the principal of Fred L. Wilson Elementary. Mandi Campbell will take Erin Anderson’s place and be promoted to principal of Fred L. Wilson. Campbell now serves as Fred L. Wilson’s curriculum coordinator.

 

Additional changes will take place at the curriculum coordinator and assistant principal levels. A.L. Brown assistant principal, Greg Joyner, will move to Forest Park Elementary to work with Nick Carlascio. Mr. Joyner will become Forest Park’s curriculum coordinator. He will replace Gwen Love who will move to Kannapolis Middle School to become an assistant principal. She will take over for KMS assistant principal, Art Christian, as Mr. Christian moves to A.L. Brown to replace Greg Joyner.

 

All the changes represent the chance to keep outstanding leaders inside the Kannapolis City School District. Superintendent Dr. Pam Cain says she is excited about the moves. “Several of our leaders are finishing a doctoral program in educational leadership. We encouraged them to join the program because we knew it would make our district stronger and would give them opportunities to advance. With these moves, several of them now have the opportunity to move up and grow as leaders. I am delighted about the changes, and I am extremely proud of all of them. They will be excellent leaders in their new positions.”

 

Nick Carlascio will start as principal of Forest Park Elementary on July 14. He became principal of Jackson Park in July of 2012. Prior to joining Kannapolis City Schools, Mr. Carlascio was assistant principal at Steele Creek Elementary in Charlotte. He also served as interim principal of Charlotte’s Walter G. Byers Elementary and assistant principal of Whitewater Academy in Charlotte. As a teacher, he was featured in University City Magazine as a teacher who made a difference, and he was a finalist for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Teacher of the Year. Carlascio has a strong record of academic success, and he will move to Forest Park to lead the largest elementary school in the Kannapolis district.

 

Erin Anderson will move to Jackson Park to replace Nick Carlascio. She has been with Kannapolis City Schools since 1999 and is part of Wingate University’s doctoral program in Educational Leadership. She also has been accepted into the prestigious NC Principal Fellow’s program. Ms. Anderson began as a teacher at Fred L. Wilson Elementary and became the school’s curriculum coordinator in 2007. She became principal of Fred L. Wilson in October of 2012. She will now move to Jackson Park Elementary to become principal of the district’s second largest elementary school.

 

Mandi Campbell will replace Erin Anderson as Fred L. Wilson’s principal. She is currently the school’s curriculum coordinator and has been at Fred L. Wilson since October 2012. Prior to that, Campbell was the Education Coordinator at Kannapolis City Schools’ McKnight Head Start Center. Campbell is pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Wingate University and will begin as principal of Fred L. Wilson on July 14.

 

Greg Joyner is also part of Wingate University’s doctoral program in Educational Leadership. He will move from A.L. Brown High School to Forest Park Elementary to become the school’s curriculum coordinator. Prior to becoming an A.L. Brown assistant principal, Joyner was a teacher in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System at Hornets Nest Elementary School and Reedy Creek Elementary School. Moving to Forest Park will allow Joyner to return to the elementary level and gain new leadership experiences within Kannapolis City Schools. He will replace Gwen Love who will move to Kannapolis Middle School to become an assistant principal.

 

Gwen Love has served as Forest Park’s curriculum coordinator since coming to Kannapolis City Schools in 2006. Prior to joining KCS, Love worked in the Cabarrus County School System as a teacher and an assistant principal. She will move to Kannapolis Middle School on July 14 to become an assistant principal and replace Art Christian. 

 

Art Christian came to Kannapolis City Schools in June of 2013 to serve as an assistant principal of Kannapolis Middle School. He has administrative experience at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Prior to coming to KMS, he served as the assistant principal of Mt. Pleasant High School in the Cabarrus County School System. He will move to A.L. Brown High School to replace Greg Joyner as an assistant principal on July 14.

 

There is still one principal vacancy remaining in Kannapolis City Schools. It is at A.L. Brown High School. The district is looking to replace Kevin Garay who resigned to become principal of Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte. Student Services Director, Jessica Grant, is serving as interim principal at A.L. Brown until a new leader is hired. Besides the A.L. Brown principal position, the district is seeking a curriculum coordinator for Fred L. Wilson Elementary. That person will replace Mandi Campbell when she moves into the principal position at Fred L. Wilson. 

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