Superintendent Chris Lowder made the following personnel announcements today. These were approved by the Board of Education on March 13, 2017.
Anna Blessington, assistant principal at Northwest Cabarrus Middle School (NCMS) has been promoted to principal of the school, replacing Keena Eyster-Terrill, who will be relocating to another state. Eyster-Terrill will serve as administrator on special assignment in the district until July.
Blessington joined Cabarrus County Schools in 2007 as an English teacher at Northwest Cabarrus High School (NCHS). She was selected as the NCHS Teacher of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year. She also worked as an assistant principal of instruction at Jay M. Robinson High School prior to her current assignment at NCMS last year.
Throughout her tenure, she has also served as a teacher recruiter, a facilitator for curriculum review week and a member of the Assistant Principal Support and Leadership Development Steering Committee.
She began her career as a classroom teacher in Houston, Texas, and also worked in Buncombe County Schools.
Blessington earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Her promotion is effective April 3rd.
Courtney Smith, principal intern at Wolf Meadow Elementary School, has been named assistant principal at the school.
Smith joined Cabarrus County Schools in 2009 as an English/Language Arts (ELA) teacher at Mount Pleasant Middle School. She also worked as an ELA teacher at C.C. Griffin Middle School, as well as a lead teacher and a literacy facilitator before joining the Wolf Meadow leadership team last year.
She was named CCS Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014 and served as the teacher liaison to the Board of Education. Smith is a North Carolina Principal Fellows Fellowship recipient.
She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as well as a graduate certificate from the university.
Smith will begin her new assignment on May 15th.
Janice Witherspoon, engagement facilitator at Wolf Meadow Elementary School, was named assistant principal at Concord High School.
Witherspoon is a long-time CCS employee, having joined the district in 1990 as a classroom teacher at Wolf Meadow Elementary School. During her tenure at Wolf Meadow, she served as a mentor, grade level chair, lead mentor, school improvement team representative, supplemental educational services coordinator and engagement facilitator.
She also is a two-time Wolf Meadow Elementary Teacher of the Year, having been selected for the 2002-2003 and 2013-2014 school years.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from Morris College and master’s degrees from The Ohio State University and Wingate University. She also earned a professional certification in elementary education (K-6) and a K-12 principal certification.
Witherspoon joined the Concord High leadership team in January.