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PCS Board of Education announces new appointments

PCS Board of Education announces new appointments
Posted on 08/13/2015
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The Pender County Board of Education has appointed the following new principals, principal assignments and director assignment for the
2015-16 school year.


Mrs. Jennifer Angel has been named the principal of South Topsail Elementary. Mrs. Angel brings 18 years of experience in education to South Topsail Elementary, during which time she has served as a first, second and fourth grade teacher, reading specialist and assistant principal. She has served as an assistant principal in Pender County Schools since 2010, most recently as the assistant principal at Burgaw Elementary.

Jennifer Angel 

Angel said she is excited to take on the role of principal at STES.

 

“South Topsail has a well-established tradition of excellence,” Angel said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to continue that tradition and look forward to working with the students, staff, and community of STES.”

 

Angel holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s in education in language and literacy and a certification in school administration, all from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is in the process of obtaining a curriculum/ instruction and supervision certification. 

 

Ms. Caroline Godwin is the new principal of Burgaw Middle School. Ms. Godwin began her career in education as an elementary teacher. She comes to PCS from Bladen County, where she has filled the roles of assistant principal and, most recently, curriculum specialist for grades 6-12.
Godwin

 

“I am most looking forward to meeting new students, staff, and community members as I join the Burgaw Middle School family,” Godwin said. “Pender County’s small town charm provides a rich atmosphere encouraging student growth and academic achievement. The opportunity to serve as the instructional leader at Burgaw Middle School is both humbling and inspiring as we begin our quest to enhance the educational lives of our students.”

 

Godwin earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from East Carolina University. She earned a master’s degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. A native North Carolinian, Godwin enjoys waterskiing, shag dancing, reading and spending time with family and friends.

 

Mr. Darren LaFon has been appointed by the Board to the position of Transportation Director.

 Darren

LaFon has served Pender County Schools as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal and brings a wealth of experience to the position. Most recently, he served as principal of Burgaw Middle School. He is looking forward to serving the district in this new role.

 

Mr. Chris Madden has accepted a new assignment as principal of Pender High. Mr. Madden has 13 years of experience in education and has served as principal at both Cape Fear Middle and most recently Topsail Middle. 

 

Madden is excited to return to the high school level, where he began his career as a teacher and coach.

Chris

 

“I love the energy and atmosphere of a high school,” Madden said. “I love how all of the extracurricular activities tie into the culture and success of the school. I am thrilled at the opportunity to become part of the Pender High community.”

  

Madden earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He earned a master’s of science in teaching from Rowan University, and an administration licensure from UNCW. He has three children and enjoys spending time with his family. 

 

Dr. Leslie Newman has been named principal of Cape Fear Middle School. Dr. Newman brings 16 years of experience as an educator, having served as both an English teacher and assistant principal. Most recently, Newman has served as the assistant principal at Topsail Middle School.

 

Newman said she is looking forward to getting to know the community at CFMS.
Leslie Newman

 

“I know the students and teachers are working towards continuous improvement,” Newman said. I’m really committed to student learning and I am really excited about this opportunity." 

 

Newman earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Westminster College as well as a master’s degree in language and literacy and a doctorate in educational leadership, both from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

 

Mrs. Anna Romero-Lehrer has been named principal of Topsail Middle School. Mrs. Romero-Lehrer brings more than 30 years of experience to Topsail Middle. Throughout her career, Romero-Lehrer has fulfilled the roles of educator, dean of students, assistant principal and principal, with her most recent principal assignment at South Topsail Elementary School.

 

Romero-Lehrer said she is eagerly awaiting the start of the school year at Topsail Middle.

AnnaMaria

 

“I am most looking forward to continuing the tradition of excellence that has come to define Topsail Middle School,” Romero-Lehrer said.

 

Romero-Lehrer has earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of New Mexico and a master’s degree in computers in education from Lesley College. She holds a North Carolina State Professional Principal’s License. 

 

Mr. Bobby Simmons brings many years of experience in education to West Pender Middle School, where he will serve as principal. Mr. Simmons has served as a teacher, instructional accountability facilitator, assistant principal, principal and baseball coach at both the high school and collegiate level.
Bobby

 

“I am looking forward to working with the students, staff and  community of West Pender Middle School,” Simmons said. “Pender County Schools has a great reputation and I am excited to serve our community at West Pender Middle.”

 

Simmons earned his principal’s license from Wingate University and holds a master’s degree in sports administration from East Carolina University. He completed his undergraduate studies at St. Andrews University. 

 

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