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Edgecombe schools hires new assistant superintendent

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Dr. Stacy Stewart

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Edgecombe County Public Schools has hired a new assistant superintendent to help fill the role left vacant when the current school superintendent assumed her role.

Dr. Stacy Stewart has joined the central office staff of Edgecombe County Public Schools as the new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Marc Whichard is now listed on the school district website as associate superintendent under the direction of Superintendent Dr. Valerie Bridges.

Stewart said she is looking forward to working with Edgecombe County Public Schools and already has a good feeling about the future of the school district.

“People here are warm and friendly and have a growth mindset, which means they understand that we all have room for improvement,” Stewart said.

Stewart comes to Edgecombe County from Franklin County, where she most recently served as the executive director of K-8 education and federal programs. Stewart, who has more than 20 years of experience in education, began her career as a high school English teacher and also has served as an assistant principal and principal in schools in Hoke and Franklin counties.

Stewart recently received the Superintendent’s Outstanding Leadership Award for Franklin County and was the recipient of the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators Leadership Award for outstanding service and dedication to children. In addition, she previously was Scotland High School’s Teacher of the Year and Hoke County’s Principal of the Year.

“I have a good track record of improving academic performance in the past using evidence-based procedures and I am not afraid of hard work. I plan to roll up my sleeves and work with teachers as well as students,” Stewart said. “It is my leadership style.”

Stewart began serving in her current position on Nov. 1. She said she has great hope for the future of academic progress in the area.

“I hope by the end of the year we will be able to see significant progress because of the systematic processes and protocols we are putting into place,” Stewart said. “With these, we should see increased levels of academic performance.”

Stewart is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education. She earned a master’s degree from East Carolina University and received her doctorate degree in education from Wingate University.

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