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New leadership coming to local schools

Six Rowan-Salisbury schools will have new administrators this year. South Rowan, Carson and North Rowan high schools, Mount Ulla and Woodleaf elementary schools and Knox Middle School will have new faces in their principal’s offices.

South Rowan High School — Kelly Withers, a 14-year veteran of the Rowan-Salisbury School System, is transferring from Carson High School to South Rowan High School. She started as a science teacher at West Rowan High School in 2000.
After six years, she moved to Carson, where she was an assistant principal for four years. She became Carson’s principal in 2010, and was named Rowan-Salisbury Principal of the Year during the 2011-12 school year.
Withers has a bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a masters degree in school administration from Gardner-Webb University, an educational specialist degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is working on her doctoral degree at UNC Greensboro.

Carson High School — Angelo DelliSanti is replacing Withers as principal at Carson High School. He came from Mooresville Middle School, where he’s been an assistant principal since 2012. Prior to working in Mooresville, he was a transition coordinator at the Kannapolis Alternative Learning Center. Before that, he was a civics and economics and world history teacher.
DelliSanti has his bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education and master’s degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He’s pursuing his doctorate in educational leadership.

North Rowan High School — Fateama Fulmore will be taking over the principal position at North Rowan High School, replacing Darrell McDaniel. Fulmore has been an assistant principal in Cabarrus County schools since 2010. She spent three years at Concord High School and one at J.N. Fries Magnet School. Before that, she taught at A.L. Brown High School and Ranson IB Middle School in Charlotte.
Fulmore has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Appalachian State University and a master’s of school administration from Gardner-Webb. She is pursuing her doctorate of education in organizational leadership from Grand Canyon University.
Mount Ulla Elementary — Former Mount Ulla assistant principal Jennifer Warden is taking over for Lindsey Chatham.
Before becoming an assistant principal in 2013, Warden held various teaching roles at Millbridge and Rockwell elementary schools.
She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her master’s in school administration from Gardner-Webb University.
Woodleaf Elementary — Kris Wolfe has been an educator since 1988, and has been teaching in the Rowan-Salisbury School System since 1992. She’s served in an assistant principal role since 2007, first at Knox Middle School, then Granite Quarry Elementary School.
Wolfe has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in school administration from Western Carolina University.

Knox Middle School — Mike Waiksnis and Latoya Dixon joined Knox Middle School as co-principals, or a transformational leadership team. The duo left principal positions in the Rock Hill School District, where Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody used to be superintendent. Waiksnis and Dixon were preceded by Terrence Snider, who left Knox in March.
Dixon became principal of Mount Gallant Elementary School in January 2008. Before that, she was an administrative intern and an assistant principal at Old Pointe Elementary School and an English teacher at Rawlinson Road Middle School. Dixon has her bachelor’s degrees in secondary education and English from Clemson. She has a master’s degree in educational leadership, her educational specialist in educational leadership and a doctorate degree in educational leadership.
Waiksnis was principal of Sullivan Middle School from June 2008 until he accepted the position at Knox. He was assistant principal of Castle Heights Middle School and South Plantation High School. Before that, he spent five years as a teacher at South Plantation High.
Waiksnis has his bachelor’s degree in social science with an educator certification and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University. He received his doctorate in educational leadership from Gardner-Webb University.

Three schools also got new principals in January.
Lenetta Bartley took over for Dr. Christopher Vecchione at Henderson. Bartley was an assistant principal at North Rowan Middle School. Luke Brown came to Salisbury High School from Randolph County, where he was an assistant principal at Trinity High School. Catherine Hinson became principal of Granite Quarry Elementary School.

Candice Austin, Granite Quarry Elementary School.
Catherine Moreland, Mount Ulla Elementary School.
Adam DeLand, China Grove Middle School.
Marilyn Monteith, Carson High School.
Amie Williams, South Rowan High School.
Larry Walters, West Rowan High School.

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