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Ms. Kisha Clemons named incoming Principal of Shuford Elementary School


Ms. Kisha Clemons named incoming Principal of Shuford Elementary School

Conover, NC — April 25, 2017 — Following the Board’s approval of the recommendation for hire, Newton-Conover City Schools is thrilled to share that Catawba County native Kisha Clemons will be returning home to serve as the new Principal of Shuford Elementary School.

Ms. Kisha Clemons began her teaching career following her graduation from Appalachian State University as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow in Beaufort County Schools, serving as a Kisha Clemons headshotmiddle school music teacher.  She also served as a teacher in Catawba County Schools, teaching band at River Bend Middle School, and at Maiden Middle School, where she was named the Teacher of the Year.  In 2008, Ms. Clemons was named a North Carolina Principal Fellow and completed her administrative internship at Lyle Creek Elementary School and Bunker Hill High School, during which time she completed her Masters in School Administration Degree from Appalachian State University.

Immediately after completing her internship, she was named Assistant Principal at Mountain View Elementary School, where she served for a year before being named the Assistant Principal at Catawba Elementary School from 2011 through 2015.  In 2015, Ms. Clemons was named Principal of Elizabeth Duncan Koontz Elementary School, where she currently continues to serve as Principal.

Ms. Clemons is excited to be returning to the Catawba County area to join Newton-Conover City Schools as the Principal of Shuford Elementary School, where she will bring her extensive success and background in educational leadership.  Having served as a Principal in a digitally-focused Elementary School with a device for every student, Ms. Clemons is the perfect candidate to build on the incredible success of Blended and Technology-Enhanced Learning at Shuford Elementary School.

Ms. Clemons looks forward to relocating to the Catawba County area. She attends New Life Baptist in Concord, NC, and she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her dog Kassi.  Most of all, Ms. Clemons is excited about coming back to lead in the community she calls home.

“I am really passionate about inspiring greatness in others to foster a culture of innovation, and the vision and mission at Shuford really speaks to that passion, because it is student-centered, and it really is about building upon our strengths and successes,” said Clemons.


Press Contact
Mr. James Frye

Public Information Officer

Newton-Conover City Schools


About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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