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Edmonds appointed ECPPS' superintendent of schools

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New Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools Superintendent Catherine Edmonds was introduced to school staff, faculty and residents in the auditorium at Sheep-Harney Elementary School, Monday, May 13.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Dr. Catherine Edmonds has been named the next superintendent of the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools. The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Board of Education unanimously voted for Edmonds’ appointment on Monday, May 13. She is expected to assume her duties in the district on July 1.  

Edmonds has been an educator in North Carolina for more than 26 years. She is currently superintendent of the Bertie County Schools. Prior to working in Bertie, she served as director of educational leadership and development for the University of North Carolina System and as director of the NC Principal Fellows Program for the state.

In a statement, the school board said it reviewed applications from 40 candidates before deciding to offer the superintendent’s job to Edmonds. The board cited her “experience, leadership and dedication,” saying she was best qualified to serve ECPPS’ students, staff and the community “for years to come.” 

In a statement, Edmonds said she was grateful for the opportunity and looks forward to working with the school board to “ensure all students receive a quality education.”

“I believe putting students at the center of all decisions,” she said in the statement, adding that she also believes in setting high expectations. She said she believes through support, accountability and celebration, a school district can achieve the results everyone — students, teachers, administrators, parents and community — is seeking. 

“I look forward to hearing from students, staff, parents, and community stakeholders to learn of the great things that are happening in the school district and of ways we can continue to partner for student success,” she said.

Edmonds began her career as a teacher in Granville County in 1992. She was named Granville’s Teacher of the Year in 2001. She also served as an assistant principal and principal in the district until 2006, when she became program director for the North Carolina New Schools Project.

She also has served as instructional improvement officer for the Guilford County Schools and as the district transformation coach team lead as well as the Halifax lead for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, working on programs and strategies to improve student achievement in low-performing districts. 

Edmonds holds a bachelor of science degree in math education from NC A&T State University. She holds a master’s degree in administration and supervision from N.C. State University. In 2017, she obtained her doctorate in educational leadership from NCSU.

Edmonds has one son, Thomas, who lives with his wife, Claudia, in Marquette, Michigan. 

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