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Principals Named for Three GCS Schools


Jan. 8, 2019 — New principals were appointed to three GCS schools on Tuesday. The Board of Education approved the superintendent’s recommendation to appoint Casey Lloyd as principal at Alderman Elementary and Leslie Kinard as principal at Ferndale Middle. Angela Polk-Jones, current principal at the Middle College at UNCG, will transfer to the Early College at Guilford.

Casey Lloyd is currently serving as assistant principal at Hunter Elementary, where she also worked as a curriculum facilitator. During her time at Hunter, overall reading proficiency increased nearly 8 percentage points, and chronic and overall absences decreased more than 3 percentage points.

Before that, Lloyd served as a Mission Possible specialist, helping recruit, retain and coach teachers at 50 of the district’s most highly impacted schools. She has taught at Falkener Elementary and Washington Montessori, and she holds degrees from Elon University, North Carolina A&T State University and High Point University.

Leslie Kinard will return to High Point as principal of Ferndale Middle. Kinard has been principal of Thomasville High School since 2017, and during her first six months as principal, disciplinary incidents decreased by more than 50 percent.

Kinard is familiar to the High Point community, having served as assistant principal at both Andrews High and at Southwest Middle. She also has worked as a Mission Possible specialist, an induction support coach and an English teacher, and was named Rookie Teacher of the Year in 2004. Kinard holds degrees from UNCG and Winston-Salem State University.

Angela Polk-Jones has led the Middle College at UNCG since it opened in 2011. During her time as principal, the school was named one of America’s Best Urban Schools by the National Center for Urban Schools Transformation, and it was the only high school in the country to win the center’s Gold Award in 2018. The school was recognized as a top high school by the Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report and Niche Magazine.

Polk-Jones was assistant principal at Aycock (now Swann) Middle and Eastern Middle, and began her career with GCS as a teacher at Millis Road Elementary and Bluford Elementary. She holds degrees and certifications from UNCG and High Point University.