- Pitt County Schools
PCS Announces Administrative Changes
June 12, 2019
PCS Announces Administrative Changes
PITT COUNTY, NC- Pitt County Schools is proud to announce new administrative changes for the 2019-2020 school year. Mr. Jeremiah Miller, current principal at Bethel School, has been named Principal of Farmville Middle School. Ms. Leigh Ann Swinson, the current assistant principal at Elmhurst Elementary School is named Principal of Bethel School. Ms. Jennifer Johnson, the current principal at Stokes School, is named Principal of Hope Middle School. Ms. Megan Newman, Health Sciences Academy Coordinator, has been named Principal of Stokes School. Finally, Ms. Ashley Wheeler, current assistant principal at Eastern Elementary, has been named Principal of G.R. Whitfield.
Mr. Jeremiah Miller has a Master’s of School Administration degree from Western Carolina University, and Master’s degrees in Music and Education Administration from East Carolina University. Mr. Miller is currently pursuing his EdD in Educational Leadership at ECU. Miller has worked in Pitt County Schools since 2013 as an administrator at South Greenville Elementary and Bethel School. He has enjoyed his years as Principal of Bethel School.
“I have had the chance to develop lifelong positive relationships with members of the Bethel community,” says Miller. “I look forward to working with the staff of Farmville Middle School to address the needs of the students and raise student achievement. Farmville is an excellent community that wants the best for its children, and I am thankful for this opportunity.
Ms. Leigh Ann Swinson is entering her 22nd year in education, 14 of which have been in Pitt County. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Education and Master’s degrees in Special Education and School Administration. She is currently pursuing her Educational Specialist Degree (EdS) from East Carolina University. Swinson began her career as an E.C. Teacher in Lenoir County at Rochelle Middle School. In 2005, she was hired as an E.C. teacher at C.M. Eppes Middle School, where she became a National Board Certified Teacher and transitioned in 2015 to her role as an assistant principal. In 2017, Swinson transferred to Elmhurst Elementary as the assistant principal where she currently serves.
“I look forward to continuing the recent success in academic growth that Bethel School has accomplished,” says Swinson. “I am excited about my new adventure and cannot wait for all of the experiences in my new community. Go Bucs!”
Leigh Ann Swinson
Mrs. Jennifer Johnson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from East Carolina University, a Master’s degree in Education and an Organizational Change Advanced Certificate of Study from Towson University in Maryland. She began her teaching career in 2007 in Maryland teaching third, fifth and eighth grade before moving to Pitt County with her family in 2013. Since joining Pitt County Schools in early 2014, she has served as an assistant principal at North Pitt High School, Health Sciences Academy Coordinator and Principal of Stokes School.
"It has been a true blessing to serve the Stokes community and staff as their principal. I have gained so much professionally and personally from the experiences afforded to me in that role,” shares Johnson. “The opportunity to continue serving the students in Pitt County at Hope Middle School is very exciting. It is humbling to follow in the footsteps of those who have led Hope to greatness.”
Ms. Megan Newman graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education, as well as a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in School Administration as a North Carolina Principal Fellow. Newman has worked with Pitt County Schools for nine years, serving as a third grade teacher at Grifton School, an assistant principal intern at Stokes School, an assistant principal at Wintergreen Schools, and most recently as the Health Sciences Academy Coordinator.
Newman shares, “I am humbled to move into this leadership position at Stokes School. It is truly a privilege to be given the chance to work with the teachers, students, parents, and community to provide the best education and learning environment we can for the students at Stokes.”
Ms. Ashley Wheeler attended East Carolina University and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Special Education with added licensure in Elementary Education and K-12 Reading. She spent her early teaching career at McGee's Crossroads Middle School in Johnston County, teaching Special Education in a resource setting and Math and Social Studies in a regular education setting. As a North Carolina Principal Fellow, Wheeler completed her Master’s degree in School Administration at East Carolina University and served as an assistant principal in Johnston County prior to moving back to Greenville. As an assistant principal at D.H. Conley and at Eastern Elementary, Wheeler says she is thankful to have served in several capacities that have allowed her a true K-12 experience.
“The pleasure has been mine to serve both of these communities in this capacity,” Wheeler reflects about her time at Conley and Eastern. “I am humbled and thrilled to be joining the G.R. Whitfield community. I have a passion for education and children and believe in relationships as key
for all stakeholders. My hope is to provide every child a safe place to grow socially, emotionally, and academically while supporting, teachers, support staff, parents and the community.”
Pitt County Schools Superintendent Dr. Ethan Lenker says, “We have worked with these new principals over the last several years, watching them grow and develop as school leaders. They bring a wealth of talent from their current schools, and we are excited about the quality of leadership and direction they bring to their new positions as principals.”
Please join us in welcoming our Pitt County administrators to their new positions.