Veteran Educator Returns Home as Stanly County’s Next Superintendent
Dr. Jarrod Dennis has been selected as the new superintendent of Stanly County Schools. A veteran educator with 20 years of educational experience, Dr. Dennis is currently the Deputy Superintendent of Person County Schools in Roxboro, NC. Dr. Dennis is also a military veteran, having served in N.C. Army National Guard in Iraq from 2005-2006. Dr. Dennis will start as Superintendent on November 2, 2020.
“I am honored to have been chosen by the Board of Education to be the next leader of Stanly County Schools. My family and I look forward to moving to Stanly County and giving back to a community that has given me so much throughout my life.”
Dr. Dennis, a native of Stanly County, attended West Stanly High School and grew up in the Oakboro community. He began his career in education as a teacher at Forest Hills High School. After serving in Iraq, Dr. Dennis returned to the classroom and eventually found his way to school administration. He served as assistant principal for Northern High School in Durham, and as a principal for Orange Charter School (now Eno River Academy), and principal for Person High School. In 2015, Dr. Dennis became the Assistant Superintendent of Person County Schools and was promoted to Deputy Superintendent in 2017.
While serving as Assistant and Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Dennis oversaw the implementation of the district’s one-to-one laptop and digital learning initiative. Dr. Dennis was tasked with creating and implementing all district-wide safety protocols for Person County Schools. He also spearheaded the formal review and creation of the updated Person County Schools policy manual.
Dr. Dennis earned his Bachelor of Science degree in psychobiology from the University of Lynchburg, a Master’s of School Administration from North Carolina State University, an Education Specialist Degree from East Carolina University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Liberty University.
Following the resignation of Dr. Jeff James, the Stanly County Board of Education began its search for its next Superintendent. The search started with a public survey seeking input from teachers, parents, and members of the community. In total, 22 candidates applied for the position. The Board initially interviewed nine candidates and then selected three finalists. The final interviews included a presentation from each candidate as well as several rounds of questions.
At its October 6 meeting, the Board will formally introduce Dr. Dennis to the community.
Dr. Dennis will begin his duties on November 2. Ms. Vicki Calvert will continue to serve as Interim Superintendent throughout the transition.