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Superintendent John Kopicki today announced the following personnel appointments, which were approved by the Cabarrus County Board of Education on May 9th.
Angela Fitzwater, centralized programs coordinator, has been named Interim Exceptional Children’s Director.
Fitzwater joined Cabarrus County Schools in 2009 as an assistive technology specialist. The following year, she was named intellectual disabilities program specialist, a position she held until being named to her current role in 2016.
During her tenure with CCS, Fitzwater has served on multiple district committees, providing leadership and professional development to our centralized classrooms. She also has served on numerous state committees and is a graduate of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s EC Director Leadership Cohort.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater College and a master’s degree from Shenandoah University.
Carla Black, principal at Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School, has been named Director of Community Engagement and School Choice.
Black joined CCS in 1992 as an English teacher at Central Cabarrus High School. The following year, she transferred to Concord Middle School as an ELA and social studies teacher. Black was named assistant principal at W.M. Irvin Elementary School in 2001 and then was promoted to principal at R. Brown McAllister in 2003.
She was named principal at Concord High School in 2005. During her 11-year tenure at Concord High School, she helped establish the school’s IB program and Fire Academy. She helped expand the Fire Academy to include EMT and law enforcement areas. She was named principal of Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School in 2016.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from Winston-Salem State University and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Chrystal Brown, dean of students at Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School (ECHS), has been named principal of the school.
Brown joined Cabarrus County Schools as a math teacher at Concord High School in 2006. She joined the leadership team at Concord High School as an assistant principal in 2007, where she served until transferring to W.R. Odell Primary School in 2011 as an assistant principal of instruction. She was named dean of students at ECHS in 2012. She was named principal of Royal Oaks Elementary School in 2014.
She also worked as a college liaison and adjunct instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and a faculty member at Western Governors University.
Brown earned a bachelor’s degree from South Carolina State University, a master’s degree from Gardner-Webb University and a doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Catherine Morrill, principal intern at Northwest Cabarrus Middle School, has been named assistant principal at Harrisburg Elementary School.
Morrill joined CCS in 2001 as the coordinator for Special Olympics. The following year, she left to pursue other opportunities before retuning in 2008 as a classroom teacher at Weddington Hills Elementary School (WHES). During her years at WHES, she was selected as the school’s Teacher of the Year; she also completed the CCS Teacher Leader Program and served as a cooperating teacher for student teachers and a member of the Principal Fellows program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and master’s degrees from St. Cloud State University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Terra Spears, dean of students at Elevate Middle School in San Diego, California, has been named assistant principal at Harris Road Middle School.
Spears worked as a middle school teacher at Northmont Middle School in Clayton, Ohio, from 2002-2021. She also provided support to underrepresented students and served as a liaison for new families moving into the community. As a school leader, she worked to implement PBIS and led professional development sessions that focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree from Wright State University.