New Roles For Veteran Educators Carrie Norris, Audrey Reneau

New Roles For Veteran Educators Carrie Norris, Audrey Reneau
Posted on 04/27/2020
Carrie Norris, Audrey Reneau Named To New Roles for 2020-21
Transylvania County Schools will begin the 2020-21 school year with new roles for two veteran educators and leaders, according to Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaris. McDaris announced the following changes on Monday, April 27, which take effect on July 1, 2020.

Carrie Norris, principal at Brevard Elementary School, will assume a new position as Director of Curriculum and Student Support for Elementary and Middle Schools. Her role will include overseeing multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) and the third-grade “Read To Achieve” program.

Audrey Reneau, principal at T. C. Henderson School of Science and Technology, will assume a new role as Director of Early Learning (pre-kindergarten), Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Programs, and Federal Programs. She will serve as community support liaison and oversee kindergarten registration and grants programs.

Dr. McDaris said he is excited to see central office leadership return to full staffing, in light of the increased need for strong leadership to help education meet new and evolving challenges.

“We know leadership matters. The sheer volume of responsibility placed on educators and educational leadership is higher than ever, and growing rapidly,” said McDaris. “Transylvania County Schools has always been a leader, and this moment requires our full effort to help our students achieve excellence.”

“Our investment in initiatives such as the ‘myFutureNC’ degree and credential expansion program, new Pathways through the College and Career Promise, and innovation in technology — along with our district's effort in expanded Pre-K — will help us tackle the road ahead with confidence despite any challenges. Pursuing excellence with an inch-deep and mile-wide approach will not reach the inner depth of what we need.”

McDaris commended Norris and Reneau for leading Brevard Elementary and T. C. Henderson, and looked forward to seeing them leverage their expertise to expand opportunities for every student in Transylvania County.

“Carrie Norris is an exceptional educator and leader who brings energy and innovative spirit to all she does. Mrs. Norris has done an exceptional job leading Brevard Elementary, and her experience and insight will help our system continue and grow our educational outcomes for our students.

“Audrey Reneau is a marvelous educator who works tirelessly to reach families and increase educational opportunities for her students. She is a proven veteran leader who brings unparalleled energy to all she does. Her leadership at T. C. Henderson has elevated that school to new levels in STEM education, early learning, and knowledge outcomes.”

Carrie Norris Taking New Role For 2020-21Carrie Norris is a graduate of Brevard High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Western Carolina University. She taught in Yancey County Schools, then at Pisgah Forest Elementary, before earning her master’s degree in School Administration from WCU in 2015. 

Norris served as assistant principal at Brevard High School before taking the principal job at Brevard Elementary, where she was district Principal of the Year for 2019. She is certified by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards as an Early Childhood Generalist.

Mrs. Norris said she is excited to work with schools across the county and share strategies that lead to success for students and her fellow educators.

“I firmly believe that we are always ‘better together,’ and I hope to increase collaboration among our schools for everyone to benefit. As an elementary and middle school educator, I am eager to delve into our curriculum practices and work with teachers and school administrators, in order to assure we all have the right resources to reach our goals for students.

“As an instructional coach, assistant principal, and principal, I have seen how we bring about change effectively, while keeping our focus on what is most important — our students. I love BES and will miss being there, as we have been through so much together in the past two years. In this new role, I will be very visible and present in our schools, building relationships with students and families and nurturing our newest teacher leaders.”

Audrey Reneau Taking New Role For 2020-21Audrey Reneau is a native of Caldwell County and taught at Mills River Elementary for 20 years before joining Clear Creek Elementary as lead teacher, then principal. She holds a bachelor of science from Mars Hill College and a master’s degree in elementary education and school administration from Western Carolina University.

In 2013, Reneau joined Transylvania County Schools as director of elementary and Title I programs, before returning to be a principal at T. C. Henderson. She holds National Board certification and has served as Principal of the Year for Henderson County Public Schools and Transylvania County Schools.

Mrs. Reneau brings leadership and classroom experience to a challenging new situation, and she believes that lifelong learning is a key to success going forward.

“All the educational roles I have had, past and present, continually help me grow and learn. We are all lifelong learners — especially administrators — the same as we instill in our students. Three years at ‘TC’ afforded me the opportunity to work with phenomenal staff, outstanding students, and wonderful supportive parents. I will miss everyone at T. C. Henderson!

“However, in my new role I am fortunate to continue working with our dedicated staff and generous community. I look forward to growing those relationships and building new ones, as we continue to expand our Transylvania County preschool program to meet the needs of our future.”

Announcements for new principal assignments at Brevard Elementary and T. C. Henderson Elementary will be forthcoming.

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