LCPS reached its full complement of school principals Tuesday night when the Lenoir County Board of Education approved the appointments of new leaders at Banks and Northeast elementary schools.
Melissa Lynch, a long-time educator in the district and currently its Digital Learning Instructional Coordinator and coordinator of its AIG (Academically or Intellectually Gifted) program, was named principal at Banks, a position she will move into full time before the end of the month.
Kendra B. Woods, a former principal with Durham Public Schools and currently a curriculum coordinator with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, will move into the principal’s position at Northeast by mid-month.
The two positions have been held by interim appointments since July 1 when former Banks principal Kellan Bryant took over the top job at Kinston High School and Felicia Solomon, the principal at Northeast last school year, moved to Rochelle Middle School.
LCPS Superintendent Brent Williams praised his newest principals as “extremely qualified” following the school board’s unanimous vote to approve his recommendations.
Lynch joined the district’s senior staff last October and is beginning her 15th year with LCPS. She taught third grade at Pink Hill Elementary from 2003 to 2006, taught first grade at Moss Hill from 2006 to 2013 and was named the school’s curriculum specialist and digital learning specialist in 2013.
She was named the 2012-2013 Lenoir County Teacher of the Year, Lenoir County Outstanding Elementary Math Teacher in 2009 and Outstanding Young Educational Leader in 2008. She became National Board Certified in 2008 and has been the recipient of numerous Bright Idea Classroom grants. In 2015 she earned certification as a digital learning specialist from Apple.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from N.C. State University in 2002, Master of Arts in teaching (Elementary Education) from ECU in 2003 and a Masters of School Administration degree from East Carolina in 2016.
Woods was a magna cum laude graduate of North Carolina Central University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education in 2004. She was awarded a Master of School Administration degree in 2010 from the University of North Carolina and is scheduled to receive her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from UNC in 2018.
She joined the state’s largest public school district in 2014 as director of a tutoring program that involved 850 students and later became an instructional coordinator for 10 Charlotte Mecklenburg schools. Previously, she worked as a principal with Durham Public Schools and as a North Carolina principal fellow and principal intern with Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. She also taught in an English as a Second Language program in Belize.