Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools hired several new administrators and approved two administrator transfer at the August 9 Board of Education Meeting.
In order to better serve the needs of the students, the former English/language arts and social studies coordinator was divided into two separate positions.
Nyree Sullivan was named the K-6 English/language arts coordinator. Sullivan was a teaching coach in Knoxville, TN before coming to the district. She has also served as an elementary teacher before becoming the director of instruction in Indianapolis. Sullivan holds both a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s in Reading Education from Ball State University in Indiana.
Marian Dillahunt was named as the 7-12 English/language arts and social studies coordinator. She was an English/reading teacher at Vance-Granville Community College in Henderson, NC. She has also served as an English teacher, an education specialist and an English to speakers of other language (ESOL) teacher. Dillahunt holds a bachelor’s degree in English Education from NC A&T University, a master’s of art degree in English Literature from NC Central University and a master’s in Library Science from East Carolina University.
Julie Hennis was transferred to Chapel Hill High School as its new dean of faculty and instruction. In her new position, Hennis will focus primarily on faculty needs in assisting in maintaining a focus on classroom instruction and in serving as a support person. Hennis joined the district in 2006 as an assistant principal at CHHS. She moved to Carrboro HS as its assistant principal when the school opened in 2007. She had previously been an art and English teacher in NC. Hennis holds a bachelor’s degree in Art from Meredith College, as well as certification in Art Education and English. She also holds a master’s degree in School Administration from UNC-Pembroke. Hennis is also a graduate of CHHS.
Ivry Cheeks has been transferred to Phoenix Academy High School as its new dean of students. Cheeks was an assistant principal at CHHS. Cheeks began her career at CHCCS as a counselor at Chapel Hill High in 2008 before becoming an assistant principal in 2010. Cheeks was a housing and interior design teacher in Nash County and a school counselor in both Forsyth and Stokes Counties. She holds both a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics Education and a master’s degree in Student Personnel and Counselor Education from NC A&T University. She also holds certification in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Corretta Sharpless was named assistant principal at Estes Hills Elementary. Sharpless had been the administrative intern at Phillips MS, but began her career at CHCCS in 2003 as an elementary teacher at Carrboro Elementary. She also served CES as an intervention specialist and gifted education specialist before becoming its lead teacher for administration and leadership support. Sharpless was named the CES Teacher of the Year for 2006-07. Sharpless holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from NC Central University and is certified in gifted education. She also holds a master’s degree in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
William Evans, Jr. was named the assistant principal at Culbreth Middle School. He had been the dean of students for Middle College High School at Durham Technical Community College. He began career at CHCCS in 1998 as a school counselor at East Chapel Hill High. Evans holds both a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and a master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also holds a license in School Administration from NC Central University.
The district is still working to fill the principal position at Chapel Hill HS. After an extensive search and several interviews, CHCCS did not find a suitable candidate who would match the characteristics and credentials that staff and parents desired. The district has contracted with a national search firm who will be able to make contacts with an expanded pool of potential candidates. This fall, CHCCS will place an interim principal at the school and is currently talking with individuals who would be able to fill this role.
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