On Wednesday Stokes County School Board approved two principal changes for the upcoming school year.
David Priddy was named principal of Poplar Springs Elementary after serving as an assistant principal at West Stokes since 2013.
Samuel Jones, assistant principal at Surry Central High School since 2015, was named principal of Walnut Cove Elementary.
“I’ll miss my West Stokes family terribly but am looking forward to establishing new relationships with the wonderful faculty at Poplar Springs,” he said.
Priddy brings a wealth of knowledge in managing school budgets, coaching new and veteran faculty, and developing student behavior success.
Priddy received his Bachelor of Arts from UNC-G, Teaching Certification at Salem College, Masters of Education in Social Studies with a 4.0 from UNC-G, and Masters of School Administration with a 4.0 from UNC-W.
He taught at South Stokes from 1990 until 1999.
Jones earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from East Carolina University and Master of School Administration from UNC-W. He is currently completing his doctoral studies in educational leadership at Gardener-Webb.
“I’d like to thank Dr. Rice and Stokes County Schools for providing me the opportunity to work with the students, teachers, and parents of Walnut Cove Elementary,” Jones said.
“I will forever cherish the relationships established during my time at Surry Central High School. However, as a graduate of Stokes County Schools, I’m excited to return home and serve the county that helped mold me into the person I am today. I look forward to working with all stakeholders to ensure a quality education for every child.”
During his time at Surry Central, Jones facilitated systematic schedule changes to better meet the school’s needs, provided analytical data to teachers to effectively direct their instruction, and coordinated the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) initiative.
“I am very happy the Board of Education approved my recommendations of David Priddy to be the next principal of Poplar Springs Elementary School and Sam Jones to be the next principal of Walnut Cove Elementary School,” said Dr. Brad Rice, superintendent.
“There were over 25 qualified candidates who expressed interest in the principal vacancies in Stokes County Schools. An interview team participated in interviews with 12 candidates, and the committee was united that these two men are the right people at the right time to take our schools to the next level educating our students.”
“We are extremely excited for what the future holds for these two schools under their leadership,” Rice said.
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