Dr. Beverly Emory was hired in March 2013 to be the sixth superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. The 2016-17 school year will be Dr. Emory's fourth leading the school district.
Dr. Emory has spent more than 30 years in education and has nearly 20 years of experience as a superintendent. She came to Forsyth County from Pitt County Schools, where she served as superintendent from 2006 to 2013. She also spent six years as the superintendent of Oberlin City School District in Oberlin, Ohio. Her initial superintendent experience was in Westlake City School District in Westlake, Ohio. Dr. Emory has also spent considerable time as a principal, central office administrator and adjunct university professor, and she began her career teaching science and math at West McDowell Junior High School in McDowell County, North Carolina.
Dr. Emory received her bachelor’s degree in science education from Appalachian State University and later earned a Master of Arts in School Administration from Appalachian State as well. In 1994, she received her doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.
During her career, Dr. Emory has often been recognized for her scholarship and leadership. She has been published several times and has been asked to present at many conferences. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, such as the Golden Achievement Award by the National School Public Relations Association, the Ambassador Award given by the Horace Mann League of the United States and the Excellence in School Management Award from Harvard Business School. She has also been inducted into the East Carolina Educators Hall of Fame.
As superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Dr. Emory facilitated the identification of three specific goals that focus the work of the district. These goals seek increases in third-grade literacy, continued improvement in the graduation rate, and a reduction in achievement gaps while increasing proficiency for all students. To address the early literacy needs of the youngest students, Dr. Emory helped establish Project Impact, a community partnership that has committed to raise $45 million for pre-kindergarten expansion, extended learning options and expanded staff development and instructional support. Under her leadership, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools has seen an increase in graduation rate from 82.1% in 2013 to 85.4% in 2015. The district also is equipping administrators and teachers to address achievement gaps through focused professional development with the help of the Peer Project, a 5-year, $2 million commitment announced in 2015 by the Winston-Salem Foundation to support local educators with a broad and varied range of professional development learning opportunities. Finally, the district received $7.9 million in federal grant funds, which provided significant technology infrastructure improvements and over 18,000 tablet devices for student instructional use.
Dr. Emory is a native of Marion, N.C. She enjoys spending time with her two adult children.
Email Dr. Emory at email@example.com.