Two WCPS schools will have new principals in the new year. This week, the Wayne County Board of Education approved two principal changes during its monthly meeting:
Jones Senior High School Principal, Tod Morgan, will be the new principal for Charles B. Aycock High. Mr. Morgan is replacing Mr. John Bell, who is retiring at the end of December. Mr. Morgan began his education career with the Hyde County Public Schools system in 1994 as a Health and Physical Education teacher. Over the next twenty (20) years, he taught and served as a Head Basketball Coach for numerous schools across the state, including Goldsboro High School and Charles B. Aycock High School. He was also the JV Basketball Coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1989 to 1991 and holds numerous coaching accolades, including being selected as 10X Coach of the Year in Basketball and 2X Coach of the Year in Golf. In 2014, Mr. Morgan transitioned to school administration as an Assistant Principal at Pamlico County Middle School and then in 2015 transitioned to serve as Assistant Principal at Jones Senior High School before being named Principal in 2019. Mr. Morgan holds a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in sports administration, and a master’s degree in school administration. Mr. Morgan also serves on the NCHSAA Board of Directors as a Representative for Region 2, which includes fourteen counties in Eastern North Carolina to include Wayne County.
Rosewood Elementary assistant principal, Tracy McKeel, will be the new principal of Grantham Elementary. Ms. McKeel is replacing Bill Joyner, who is retiring at the end of December. Ms. McKeel began her career in education in 1990 as a teacher at Carver Elementary. She later taught 18 years at Rosewood Elementary. In 2009, she became the curriculum facilitator at Grantham School. She transitioned to school administration as assistant principal of Rosewood Elementary in 2011. Ms. McKeel holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a K-12 reading certification, a master’s degree in elementary education, and is licensed in school administration. Ms. McKeel is National Board Certified. She was also the 2007-2008 WCPS Teacher of the Year..
“Mr. Morgan and Ms. McKeel are demonstrated leaders who have proven track records as administrators,” states Dr. Lewis, WCPS Superintendent. “We look forward to welcoming them to their new roles and will be ready to provide support as needed during the transition.”
Ms. McKeel’s new role will take effect January 1, 2022; an official start date for Mr. Morgan will be confirmed soon.