School Matters - Friday, January 11, 2019
School Matters - Friday, January 11, 2019 District updates from Interim Superintendent Dr. Bill Steed
Congratulations to Raymonda Shelton, the 2018-2019 Davie County Schools' Assistant Principal of the Year. Mrs. Shelton joined DCS as a fifth-grade teacher and reading specialist at Pinebrook Elementary School in 2002. She was a classroom teacher for 13 years until becoming an Instructional Coach in 2015. Mrs. Shelton served as the Read to Achieve Curriculum Coordinator for three years before joining the administrative team as an assistant principal at Shady Grove Elementary School in 2017.
Mrs. Shelton earned a degree in elementary education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a Master of Education degree at Salem College and School Administration license from Western Carolina University.
During her time with DCS, Mrs. Shelton has taken on leadership positions and opportunities to become a better educator and leader. She participated in the implementation of the Davie Leads initiative, has completed the A+ Schools training, served as a grade level chair, beginning teacher mentor, testing coordinator, and other leadership positions that have helped prepare her to be an effective administrator. Since taking on the role of an administrator, Mrs. Shelton has earned immediate respect from her colleagues, staff, and parents. Her compassion is contagious and she has a unique ability to see beyond the moment and situation to make the best decisions. Raymonda Shelton is very deserving to be honored as the Assistant Principal of the Year for DCS.
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Welcome Back, Dr. Steed!
Dr. William "Bill" Steed is leading Davie County Schools as interim superintendent. Dr. Steed, a former Davie County superintendent who also filled in as interim superintendent before the hiring of Dr. Hartness, brings years of experience along with his demonstrated commitment to the citizens of Davie County.
Dr. Steed said, "Even though I have been enjoying retirement for the past several years, I still have extremely high expectations for my daily activities as related to this role. Our schools have been very successful for many years in providing quality instruction to our students. I am aware of many of the programs in progress in our district and I would simply expect our staff to continue in their current assignments, with the same daily enthusiasm as in the past to achieve continued academic growth for our students.
I am extremely proud of the achievements and accomplishments of this school district and fully expect our progress to continue. Because of DCS’ history of success, our Board of Education should receive several quality applicants for the position of superintendent.
It is an honor for me to be asked to serve as interim superintendent and I assure you that I am anticipating a positive experience with all employees and students while serving in this position."
Dr. Steed will serve as interim superintendent while the Davie County Board of Education searches for the next superintendent. The selection of the next superintendent is scheduled to conclude near the end of April 2019.
It is an honor to recognize Andrew Lawrence, who received the Boy Scouts of America Medal of Merit in December 2018. This award is more rare than becoming an Eagle Scout. The Medal of Merit is awarded to scouts who have performed a lifesaving action above and beyond what is normally expected of a Boy Scout. The act should demonstrate exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others. On July 5, Andrew noticed that his younger brother was having trouble breathing. After recognizing the Heimlich was not helping, Andrew started CPR until his brother started to regain his breath. Congratulations to Andrew on earning his Merit Medal, acting quickly to come to the rescue of his brother, and living by the Boy Scout motto, Be Prepared.
William P. Steed, Ed.D.