GCS Hires Two New Executive Directors

Dr. Jacob Henry and Dr. John Garrow will assume new roles as executive directors in the Guilford County Schools (GCS) administration, the board announced Tuesday.

The board gave approval for Henry, the current principal at Jones Elementary, to become the district's Executive Director of Instructional Technology and Personalized Achievement Curriculum and Environment, better known as PACE. The PACE project, which will provide digital devices to the district's 17,000 middle school students, is funded by a $30 million Race to the Top-District federal grant. In his new role, Henry will plan and oversee the project and other efforts to grow the district's personalized learning and technology initiatives, which are a key component of the 2016 Strategic Plan.

Henry has served as the principal at Jones Elementary, a Spanish Immersion magnet school, since 2011. Before that he was principal at Doris Henderson Newcomers School from 2007 to 2011 and assistant principal at Jones in 2007. He was a finalist for GCS Principal of the Year in 2012 and has been named an Unsung Hero by the Bryan Foundation and a Top Leader Under 40 by the Triad Business Journal.

"Jake has been an exceptional principal during his time at GCS, and we're excited to share his leadership with more students and staff members across the district," says Dr. Jocelyn Becoats, Chief Curriculum and Organizational Development Officer. "In his new positions, he will help GCS revolutionize teaching and learning."

The Central Region will work with the parents and staff at Jones to find the right leader for the school. Until that time, Henry will remain as principal.

Also Tuesday, the board approved the hiring of Dr. John Garrow as the new Executive Director of Accountability and Research. Garrow will be responsible for analyzing data related to teacher effectiveness and helping schools apply that information to improve teaching and learning. He will report to the Chief Executive Officer of Accountability and Research.

Garrow has more than 25 years of experience in education with a focus on assessment and evaluation. He holds a doctorate and a master's degree in language communication and most recently worked for Pittsburgh Public Schools as the director/coordinator of Report Management, Compliance and Assessment.