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Personnel Announcement

Personnel Announcement 12/10/2019

Superintendent Chris Lowder made the following personnel announcement today, which was approved by the Cabarrus County Board of Education on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.

Jessica Blanchard has been selected as the new principal for R. Brown McAllister STEM Elementary School, replacing Tara Butch, who, as previously announced, will become the principal at Rocky River Elementary School.

Blanchard currently is principal at Matthews Elementary School in Matthews, N.C. She also worked as principal at Weddington Elementary School in Weddington, N.C. Prior to that, she worked as an assistant principal at Waxhaw and Benton Heights Elementary Schools. She’s also worked as a literacy teacher, a fourth grade classroom teacher and served as grade level chairperson.

Blanchard is a product of Cabarrus County Schools, having graduated from Central Cabarrus High School in 1999. She earned bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and reading education from Wingate University. She also earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Winthrop University. Throughout her career, she has completed numerous programs and certifications, including National Mentor Training and Certification Program sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Literacy Institute.

Blanchard will begin her tenure at R. Brown McAllister STEM Elementary on Jan. 31, 2020.