Salisbury High principal quits to take job in Greensboro
SALISBURY — After 15 months as the principal of Salisbury High School, Dr. Avis Williams has resigned to take a job with Guilford County Schools.
Williams, a Salisbury native and graduate of North Rowan High School, sent the following email to Salisbury High staff on Thursday evening:
“A year and half ago I made the decision to return home and was given the amazing opportunity to serve as principal of Salisbury High. Coming home and joining the Hornet family have been by far the best decisions I could have made.
“I love this community and I love Salisbury High School!
“Now, I have been blessed far beyond my expectations. I have been offered and accepted the position of Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Secondary Schools in Guilford County Schools.
“In the coming weeks as I prepare to transition into this position, I look forward to working with you all and doing everything possible to ensure that we continue the tradition of excellence at Salisbury High.
“I thank Dr. (Judy) Grissom for her leadership and support throughout my time in Rowan-Salisbury Schools. I thank our PTSA, Boosters Clubs, all of our parents and students for making our school amongst the best in the nation!
“Thanks so much to our dedicated teachers, every staff member and my phenomenal assistant principals!
“I wish you all a fantastic school year and much happiness in the future. If I can ever be of assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.”
Williams took over the top spot at Salisbury High last year when Dr. Windsor Eagle retired after more than 30 years in the post.
She came to Salisbury High after working as the principal of J.E. Williams Technology Middle School in Huntsville, Ala., and an adjunct professor at Middle Tennessee State University.
Williams said her strengths were use of classroom technology, understanding the common core curriculum standards, educating children in poverty, building strong leadership teams and creating a collaborative school culture.
She also worked as a high school English teacher and a principal at both elementary and middle schools.
Williams enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduating from North Rowan. She served as an administrative supervisor during her time in the service and was posted in Korea, South Carolina and Alabama.
After being honorably discharged from the military in 1991, she received her bachelor’s degree from Athens State College in Athens, Ala. She went on to earn her educational doctorate at the University of Alabama.
The school board voted unanimously last year to hire Williams.
“She is going to be outstanding,” then-Chairman Dr. Jim Emerson said at the time. “We know that filling Dr. Eagle’s shoes is probably going to be an impossible task, but we have someone I think is a strong educator who is going to be very successful and not lose a step.”
A number of coaches at Salisbury High left during Williams’ tenure, including football coach and athletic director Joe Pinyan, who is now coaching at Carson High School in China Grove.
Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.