As part of the Instructional Services Division (ISD), this position includes the district’s Responsiveness to Instruction (RtI) initiative whose former coordinator, Dr. Caryn Sabourin Ward, stepped down in June.
Hartness has worked as McDougle Elementary’s principal since 2008. She joined the district in 2006 as the assistant principal at Carrboro Elementary. Hartness has been recognized nationally for her leadership at McDougle Elementary in the area of wellness. McDougle Elementary was a national finalist in the Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge and won a Bronze Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for the school’s efforts at improving meal service and fitness activities. In addition, Hartness is the current Principal of the Year for CHCCS.
Prior to working at CHCCS, Hartness served as the technology director in Cherokee County. She also was a technology facilitator, a technology specialist and a third grade teacher in Alamance County.
Hartness holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. She also recently earned her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University.
“Amanda has been an outstanding leader in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools since her arrival in 2006. She is highly organized, innovative and passionate about her work. Above all else, she is a true advocate for children,” said Superintendent Thomas A. Forcella.
Forcella went on to add, “We feel fortunate that she is willing to take on this important leadership position focused on instruction and learning.”
Patrenia McDowell, the current assistant principal at McDougle Elementary, has been selected as the interim principal at the school. McDowell has served as the assistant principal since 2007.
Mary Parrish, a former assistant principal at McDougle MS, has been approved as the interim assistant principal at McDougle Elementary.
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