Final county changes made in preparation for school year


By Eva Queen - [email protected]



Administrative changes for the Surry County Schools (SCS) System for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year are now complete. Among those changes are Laura Whitaker taking the position of assistant principal at Cedar Ridge Elementary and Wendy Hawk taking on the post of assistant principal at Pilot Mountain Elementary.

Whitaker has nine years of teaching experience. She received a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education from Lees-McRae College May 2006. She was a classroom teacher at Dobson Elementary School for four years and then transferred to Rockford Elementary when it opened in 2010-2011.

After teaching five years at Rockford, she graduated this year with a masters in executive leadership studies from Gardner-Webb University. Whitaker served on the district CORE team and presents at the district Teaching and Learning Conferences.

Hawk, who was the county’s teacher of the year for the 2015-16 school year, received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Arizona State in May 2004 and a master of arts degree in curriculum and instruction from Northern Arizona University 2007, along with another master of arts in school administration in 2011.

For the past three years Hawks has served as the assistant principal at Wilkes Central High School and taught eight years in elementary school prior to that. Hawks has also received the Apple Achievement Award throughout her teaching career.

Other changes announced by the county school system include:

– Jenny Alyn Key will be the assistant principal at J. Sam Gentry Middle School;

– Michael Bodnar will become the assistant principal at North Surry High School;

– Donna Bledsoe will serve as the principal at Mountain Park Elementary;

– Brandon Whitaker will serve as the principal at Gentry Middle School;

– Margaret Spicer will be the new principal at Copeland Elementary School;

– Cathy Hull will transfer as principal from Mountain Park Elementary to Cedar Ridge Elementary.

– Alison York, currently at Cedar Ridge Elementary, will become principal at Pilot Mountain Elementary School.

– Regina Barbour, current assistant principal at East Surry High School, will become the assistant principal at Copeland Elementary;

– Carla Coble, current assistant principal at Pilot Mountain Elementary, will relocate to East Surry High School.

– Dustin Webb, current assistant principal at Pilot Mountain Middle School will be a new assistant principal at North Surry High School.

By Eva Queen

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Reach Eva Queen at (336) 415-4739 or [email protected]

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Reach Eva Queen at (336) 415-4739 or [email protected]

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