Principal, district leaders appointed at Dec. 11 Board meeting

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education made several administrative appointments at its Dec. 11 meeting.

  •  Jeremy Batchelor was named principal at James Martin Middle. Batchelor has worked in the East Zone as an area administrator for student services since 2012. He was principal of East Bladen High School in Elizabethtown, NC from 2009-2012 and assistant principal of East Columbus High School in Lake Waccamaw, NC, from 2008-2009. He also worked in Austintown, Ohio as an assistant principal from 2006-2008. Batchelor earned a bachelor of arts in social science from John Carroll University in University Heights, OH, in 1996 and a master’s in educational administration from Youngstown State University (Ohio) in 2006.


  • Gina Smith was named assistant superintendent for exceptional children. Smith has been principal at Stoney Creek Elementary since 2009. From 2002-2009, she worked as the director of exceptional children educational services. She also worked as a program specialist for speech and hearing programs from 1998-2002. Smith was an assistant principal at Tuckaseegee Elementary from 1996-1998 and has also worked as a speech/language pathologist.  Smith earned a  bachelor of arts degree in speech pathology and audiology in 1981 and a master’s degree in speech pathology in 1982, both from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also earned a school administration certificate in 1995 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Smith will replace Dr. Jane Rhyne, who is retiring in Jan. 2013.


  • Avery Mitchell, executive director of the Central Secondary Zone, was named executive director of employee support services. Mitchell has worked in the Central Secondary Zone since 2011 and was principal of Albemarle Road Middle from 2009-2011. From 2005-2009, she was principal at Crestdale Middle and worked as an assistant principal at Carmel Middle from 2000-2005. She also taught at Carmel Middle for eight years. Mitchell earned a bachelor of science in secondary math from North Carolina State in 1992 and a master’s of education in administration in supervision from Winthrop University in 2000.


  •  Rashidah Morgan was named executive director of talent management. Morgan is a Broad resident who has been the director of leadership strategy since 2011. She was also the director of succession planning and talent development from 2010-2011. Morgan worked for Wachovia from 2007-2010 as a marketing manager in the debit/pre-paid division. She also worked for Microsoft as a product manager from 2005-2007. Morgan also held marketing positions with American Express and Derivion. Morgan earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from Spelman College in 1998 and a master of business administration from the University of Michigan in 2003. She also earned a master of education in educational leadership through The Broad Center in Los Angeles.


  • Talla Rittenhouse was named executive director of sourcing and onboarding. Rittenhouse has worked for Teach For America since 2005 and held positions as managing director of business analysis, managing director for talent acquisition, strategy and operation and director of the human assets team. She also a managed national recruitment for the organization. From 2003-2005, Rittenhouse was a teacher at Strawberry Mansion High in Philadelphia, Pa. Rittenhouse earned a bachelor of science in human resources management from the University of Maryland in 2003 and a master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005.