Board names three new principals
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education approved the appointment of three principals at the June 9 meeting: Lydia McAllister Fergison at Newell Elementary; Dr. Kelly Gwaltney at Garinger High and Kit Rea at Vance High.

Fergison has been an assistant principal at Albemarle Road Elementary since 2012. Previously, she was a literacy facilitator and teacher at McClintock Middle, where she worked from 2003-2012. Fergison earned her bachelor’s degree in communications studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds a master’s degree in teaching English as a Second Language from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Winthrop University.

Dr. Gwaltney, who will lead Garinger, is returning to the position of principal after being in district administration as zone superintendent, chief human resources officer and, most recently, the chief school performance officer. She joined CMS from Gaston County Schools in 2009 to be principal at Mallard Creek.

Rea, who began her career with CMS in 1984, previously was a principal, assistant principal, coach and teacher at Vance. She is currently the community superintendent for the Central Learning Community. Rea has also been zone superintendent and executive director of the Southwest Zone and executive director of the North Learning Community.

“These principal appointments reflect our continued commitment to place highly effective leaders in our schools,” said Superintendent Ann Clark. “All of them bring a wealth of instructional leadership to their roles and our two new Beacon School principals at Garinger and Vance have a strong track record with turnaround schools.”

  Lydia McAllister Fergison              Dr. Kelly Gwaltney                          Kit Rea

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