ECPPS Board of Education Names New Superintendent

The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection and appointment of Dr. Catherine Edmonds as the next superintendent of the Elizabeth City- Pasquotank Public Schools. The anticipated date Dr. Edmonds will take office is July 1, 2019.

During the search process, the Board carefully reviewed applications from a diverse field of 40 excellent candidates. Although many qualified candidates applied, the Board felt that Dr. Edmonds' experience, leadership, and dedication to students would best serve Elizabeth City- Pasquotank Public Schools students, staff, and the community for years to come. The Board is confident that Dr. Edmonds will lead the school system to even higher achievement.

Dr. Edmonds has enjoyed a successful career in public education in North Carolina for more than 26 years. She is currently completing her service as the superintendent of the Bertie County Schools System, overseeing the overall success and daily operation of the school system. Prior to serving as superintendent, she served as the Director of Educational Leadership and Development and Director of the NC Principal Fellows Program for the state, located at the University of North Carolina System. Dr. Edmonds began her career as a teacher in Granville County in 1992. She served in that position for nine years and was named Teacher of the Year in 2001. Dr. Edmonds also served as an assistant principal and principal in Granville County Schools until 2006 when she became the Program Director for the North Carolina New Schools Project. She has served as the Instructional Improvement Officer for the Guilford County Schools, and as the District Transformation Coach Team Lead and Halifax Lead for the NC Department of Public Instruction. In that role she assisted in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs and strategies to improve student achievement in districts needing assistance. Dr. Edmonds led the state district transformation team in Halifax County for 5 years, during which time the number of low performing schools dropped from seven to two, high school proficiency moved from 40% to close to 70%, and the overall high school graduation rate increased 4.7 percent. Dr. Edmonds has served as the director and executive coach for the Northeast Leadership Academy District and School Transformation located at North Carolina State University. In this role, she provided support and coaching for aspiring School Improvement Grant (SGI) leaders.

Dr. Edmonds has an impressive academic background as well, including a Bachelor of Science Degree in Math Education from NC A&T State University in Greensboro. After completing 30 hours in a Master of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics at NC Central University, she obtained her Master of Administration and Supervision Degree at NC State University. In 2017, Dr. Edmonds obtained her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from NC State University in Raleigh.

Dr. Edmonds has one son, Thomas. Thomas and his wife Claudia live in Marquette, Michigan where he is a member of the United States Coast Guard.

Dr. Edmonds looks forward to leading the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public School District and becoming an active member of the community. She expressed her enthusiasm as follows:

"I'm grateful for the opportunity afforded to me as the superintendent of Elizabeth City- Pasquotank Public Schools. I look forward to working with the Board of Education members to ensure all students receive a quality education. I believe putting students at the center of all decisions along with high expectations, support, accountability, and celebrations will yield the desired outcomes for all. I look forward to hearing from students, staff, parents, and community stakeholders to learn of the great things that are happening in the school district and of ways we can continue to partner for student success."

The Board is confident that Dr. Edmonds will move the school system forward. Please join the Board in welcoming Dr. Catherine Edmonds as the new superintendent of the Elizabeth City- Pasquotank Public Schools.

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