At its January 14, 2021 work session, the Durham Public Schools Board of Education named Leslie M. Kinard the next principal of Riverside High School.
Kinard comes to DPS from Guilford County Schools, where she began as an English teacher and is currently principal of Ferndale Middle School. Before that she was principal of Thomasville High School in Thomasville City Schools, following several leadership and coaching roles in Guilford including as an assistant principal and literacy coach/testing coordinator at Andrews High School.
Kinard is a past president of NC Phi Delta Kappa and was named an ASCD Emerging Leader in 2018. She has an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and a Masters in Liberal Studies/School Administration, both from UNC-Greensboro.