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Rowan-Salisbury Schools Announces New Principals & Executive Director of Parent Engagement & Partnerships

The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education named three new principals and the new Executive Director of Parent Engagement & Partnerships for Rowan-Salisbury Schools (RSS).

Davian Ellison was named principal of Southeast Middle School.  Ellison most recently served as the interim principal of H. D. Isenberg Elementary and previously served as an assistant principal at the elementary and high school levels in RSS.  Ellison was also a middle grades language arts teacher and Exceptional Children’s teacher.  Ellison obtained a Specialist in Education from Wingate University, a Master of School Administration from Fayetteville State University and a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She is currently pursuing her doctorate from Wingate University with anticipated completion in December 2021.  

Tabitha Miller was named principal of H. D. Isenberg Elementary School.  Miller was most recently assistant principal and lead dual-immersion administrator at Marshville Elementary in Union County Public Schools and previously served as the principal of a dual-language immersion program in California.  A veteran educator, Miller has also been a Spanish teacher, a Spanish online course content writer, a Spanish instructor at Livingstone College and a curriculum writer.  She earned her Master of Arts in Spanish-American literature and linguistics from Florida State University, a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Virginia Tech and is currently pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership from Concordia University Irvine.  

Leslie Sechler was named principal of China Grove Elementary School, where she has served as assistant principal since 2019.  A veteran of Rowan-Salisbury Schools, Sechler has also served as an instructional literacy design coach at South Rowan High School and an English teacher at Jesse Carson High School.  She obtained a Master of Education in school administration, a Master of Arts in reading and literacy, and a bachelor’s degree in secondary English education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  

RSS also announces Jordi Roman as the Executive Director of Parent Engagement & Partnerships.  Roman is no stranger to Rowan-Salisbury Schools, as he has most recently served as the director of the Accelerate Rowan Lab School at Koontz Elementary School.  A 24-year educator, Roman was the director of support services and director of elementary education and ESL (English as a Second Language) K-5 for Asheboro City Schools and has served as a principal, assistant principal, ESL coordinator, teacher and an instructional consultant with the North Carolina Teacher Academy for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  He obtained a Master of School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Education from the College of New Jersey, and a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Southeastern University.

Roman will be responsible for leading strategic growth in parent engagement across the variety of communities in Rowan County.  He will lead an internal team responsible for developing and implementing parental engagement programming and a parent academy. He will coordinate and collaborate across departments and schools to support strategic plan strategies to increase student enrollment and parent satisfaction.   

“One of the most important things we do is hire and invest in high-quality professionals to lead our schools and ensure students have extraordinary learning opportunities every day,” said Dr. Tony B. Watlington, Sr., superintendent.  “Moreover, I am excited we will now have an Executive Director of Parent Engagement and Partnerships to create new and different ways to partner together with families to ensure all of our students achieve the extraordinary.  I look forward to working with each of these talented professionals as they transition into their new roles in the Rowan-Salisbury School System.”

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