Board of Education Approves Two Personnel Appointments

The Guilford County Board of Education approved two personnel appointments at its May 30 meeting.

Dr. Alicia Tate was named Executive Director of Exceptional Children's Services. Tate is currently serving in the same role in Iredell-Statesville Schools, where she has worked since 2009. Tate was also Interim Project Director for the district's Investment in Innovation Fund (i3) grant. Prior to that, she was the Exceptional Children Programs Director and an Exceptional Children Program Specialist for Scotland County Schools.

"We are happy to welcome Dr. Tate to Guilford County Schools," said Chief Academic Officer Beth Folger. "She is very knowledgeable and is recognized throughout the state as a leader in Exceptional Children's services and as an advocate for children." 

Tate has more than 15 years of classroom teaching experience with exceptional children and has served as an adjunct professor at UNC-Greensboro and UNC-Pembroke. Tate has a bachelor's degree in Special Education from East Carolina University, as well as a master's degree in education and a doctorate in Specialized Education Services from UNC-Greensboro. She serves on the North Carolina Council of Administrators for Special Educators board. Her first day with GCS will be July 1.

The Board also named Donevin Hoskins as the new principal for Ben L. Smith High School. Hoskins is currently the principal at Towers High School in DeKalb County Schools (Georgia).

Prior to leading Towers High, Hoskins was Director of Student Achievement for the Academy for Urban School Leadership in Chicago, Ill., where he developed and launched both short-term and long-term plans for the network's three Turnaround High Schools. Hoskins also spent 10 years at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, where he was an assistant principal and area administrator before serving as principal of the International Business and Communication Studies School at Olympic High.

"With his various experiences and successes in several secondary settings, I believe Mr. Hoskins has the experience and qualifications to lead Ben L. Smith High School," said Dr. Wanda LeGrand, Enrichment Region Superintendent. "We welcome him to GCS."

Hoskins holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Marketing and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Southern University. His first day with GCS will be July 1.