Rowan-Salisbury names two principals, assistant superintendent

  • Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 12:47 p.m.
    UPDATED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 8:41 p.m.

SALISBURY — The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education named two new principals and another new administrator Monday night.

Dr. Julie R. Morrow, of Mooresville, will begin her duties in late February as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.


Michael Courtwright, assistant principal at Overton Elementary School, will take over as principal of Hanford-Dole Elementary School on Feb. 4.

Lindsey Chatham, assistant principal at Knollwood Elementary School, will start Feb. 1 as principal of Mount Ulla Elementary School.

Both new principals have more than a dozen years of experience in teaching and administration.

Courtwright, of Charlotte, was hired at Overton in March 2008. In the summer of 2010, he served as director of the North Rowan Elementary School 21st Century Community Learning Center.

Before joining the Rowan-Salisbury School System, he taught at Lingerfeldt Elementary School in Gastonia for one year and Spaugh Middle School in Charlotte for four years.

Courtwright has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Geneva College and a master’s degree in K-12 school administration from Gardner-Webb University.

He will replace Shanda McFarlin as principal of Hanford-Dole.

Chatham, of Davidson, has worked at Knollwood since August 2008.

She was first hired to the Rowan-Salisbury School System in August 2006 as a third grade teacher at Elizabeth Duncan Koontz Elementary School.

Prior to that, she taught for four years at Henry Partee Elementary School in Snellville, Ga., and for two years as a second grade teacher at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Kannapolis.

Chatham has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in school administration from Gardner-Webb University.

She will take over for interim principal Larry Britt at Mount Ulla Elementary School.

Morrow will bring nearly 15 years of experience in education to the assistant superintendent position, which is currently vacant.

Since March 2011, she has been a school transformation coach with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, District and School Transformation.

Previously, she worked as a principal for Sugar Loaf Elementary School in Taylorsville, Hiddenite Elementary School and Mooresville Intermediate School. She also taught at Park View Elementary School in Mooresville and worked as an adjunct professor at Wingate University.

Morrow has a bachelor’s degree in education from Mars Hill College and master’s degrees in education and school administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She earned an educational specialist degree and a doctorate in educational leadership from Appalachian State University.

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