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Three new principals and an interim principal to lead schools next year

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Following its May 5, 2022, work session, the Durham Public Schools Board of Education accepted Superintendent Pascal Mubenga’s recommendations for three principals and one interim principal to lead schools in the 2022-23 school year.

Bethesda Elementary’s next principal will be Mr. Emory Wyckoff. Mr. Wyckoff comes to DPS from Montgomery Preparatory Academy in Ohio. He has also been a principal for Ridge Park Charter Academy in Michigan, and has worked as a principal consultant, assistant principal, student support manager, and teacher. He earned master’s degrees in teaching and education administration from Wright State University.

Ignite! Online Academy, DPS’s virtual K-12 school, will be led by Crystal B. Medlin, who is currently an assistant principal at Orange High School in Hillsborough. She has been a longtime coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Programme, a virtual learning facilitator, and a science teacher for a high school with one-to-one technology support. She earned her master of school administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a North Carolina Principal Fellow.

Parkwood Elementary’s next principal will be a familiar face: current Parkwood assistant principal Kimberly M. Fearrington. Fearrington has served the school since 2018, previously serving as an assistant principal in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and a school counselor at DPS’s Sherwood Githens Middle School. Fearrington earned master’s degrees in school administration and school counseling from North Carolina Central University.

Finally, while a thorough principal search is underway, George Watts Elementary will be led by interim principal Jennifer L. Aguilar. Aguilar, the 2020 Assistant Principal of the Year for DPS, has been an assistant principal at Creekside Elementary School since 2017. She is a former instructional facilitator and mathematics teacher as well. Like Ms. Medlin, she earned her master of school administration degree from UNC-Chapel Hill as a Principal Fellow.