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CMS announces three new principal appointments

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education approved the appointments of Shanna Rae as principal of Windsor Park Elementary, Daniel Gray as principal of Hidden Valley Elementary and Dr. Phillip Johnson as principal of Marie G. Davis K-8 School at its July 23 meeting.

Rae has been assistant principal at Windsor Park Elementary since 2016. She was assistant principal from 2013 to 2016, math facilitator from 2012 to 2013 and a teacher from 2004 to 2012 at Billingsville Elementary. Rae earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a master’s degree in early childhood education from The College at Brockport, State University of New York, Brockport, N.Y.

Gray has been assistant principal at Winding Springs Elementary since 2017. He was assistant principal at Cochrane Collegiate Academy from 2015 to 2017 and dean of students and principal intern at Francis Bradley Middle from 2013 to 2015. He was a teacher, department chair and compliance facilitator at Francis Bradley Middle from 2009 to 2013 and a teacher at J.M. Alexander Middle from 2007 to 2009. Gray was a teacher and head baseball coach at Mount Pleasant High from 2004 to 2007 and a teacher and football coach at Mount Pleasant Middle from 2003 to 2004, both in Cabarrus County Schools. He was also a teacher and assistant baseball coach at Piedmont High in Union County Schools from 1999 to 2003. Gray earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, S.C.

Johnson has been assistant principal at Westerly Hills Academy since 2014. He was assistant principal from 2013 to 2014 at Harding University High, where he was also math facilitator, Title I, from 2012 to 2013. Johnson worked in Cabarrus County Schools as assistant principal at Harris Road Middle from 2011 to 2012, assistant principal at Jay M. Robinson High from 2008 to 2011 and a teacher at Concord High from 2006 to 2008. He was also a teacher at Harding University High from 2002 to 2006 and at Coulwood Middle from 2000 to 2002. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Fayetteville State University, a master’s degree in school administration and a doctoral degree in educational leadership, both from Gardner-Webb University.


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