After serving two years as the Chief Human Resources Officer, Avery Mitchell decided to pursue her passion for working closely with students and principals and became the South Learning Community Superintendent, July 2017. "I learned a lot during my time in Human Resources (HR) but I truly missed being able to regularly see students learn and principals and teachers develop their skills. I believe my HR experiences the past few years will help me to be a more supportive and effective community superintendent."
Avery began her career in education, at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, in 1992 as a math teacher and coach at Carmel Middle. After eight years in the classroom, she became their assistant principal in 1999. In 2005, she was named principal at Crestdale Middle, which was recognized as one of three "Schools to Watch" in the state in 2009, a recognition of academic excellence and social equity. She was strategically staffed as the principal of Albemarle Road Middle school in 2009. In 2012, she joined the Human Resources department as executive director of Employee Support Services. After successfully performing as the interim chief human resource officer for a three month period, Avery was promoted to Chief Human Resources Officer in March 2015.
A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Avery holds a bachelor's degree in secondary mathematics education from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She also has a master's degree in education administration and supervision from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
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