County schools appoint three positions

By Jeff Linville -

Amanda Adams

Jonathan Amos

Lori Gammons

DOBSON — Surry County Schools has announced three new assistant principals.

On Wednesday, the county Board of Education stated it had approved three moves to fill open positions.

Amanda Adams will become the assistant principal at North Surry High School, and Jonathan Amos will be the assistant principal at Pilot Mountain Middle. Lori Gammons will be the assistant principal for both Shoals and Westfield elementary schools.

• North Surry welcomes Adams back to the Greyhound family. She is a 1996 graduate of North Surry who then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Lees-McRae College and a Master of Arts in Executive Leadership Studies from Gardner Webb University.

As a classroom teacher at Copeland and White Plains elementary schools, she served on the school improvement teams as not only a member but as secretary and chairperson. She served as a mentor to student teachers and was a cooperating teacher for high school and college interns. At the district level, Adams worked on the CORE Team as a curriculum developer, as part of the countywide textbook adoption team, and was a Thinking Maps trainer. She was the 2013 White Plains teacher of the year.

She replaces Amber Flippen, who is now the principal at the Surry Early College.

• Jonathan Amos comes to Pilot Mountain Middle with 10 years of experience in education. His most recent position has been as high school social studies teacher and assistant principal at the Surry Early College.

He served as a district-level curriculum developer for secondary social studies, a developer and online teacher for the Surry Virtual Academy, and a CRISS trainer. At the Early College, he was a member of the school improvement team, technology trainer, and a mentor for beginning teachers. In 2011, he was the Surry County Schools teacher of the year.

He has an Associate in Arts degree from Campbell University, Bachelor of Arts in History from High Point University, a Master of Arts in Education from University of Phoenix, and an add-on license for school administration from Appalachian State University.

Amos served in the U.S. Army as a Veterinary Food Inspection Specialist from 1998-05 where he was awarded the Soldier of the Year District Command in 1999 and 2000.

Amos replaces Jared Jones who recently became the principal of Shoals Elementary.

• Lori Gammons’ 13 years of teaching have been at White Plains and Cedar Ridge elementary schools where she successfully served on various school-level and district committees and teams. She served as school improvement team member, digital learning leader, science fair and spelling bee coordinator, and Kagan Cooperative Learning leader. For the district, she was a fourth grade curriculum writer and Summer Blast Camp leader.

Mrs. Gammons was recognized a teacher of the year for both White Plains and Cedar Ridge elementary schools. She is currently a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and Alpha Delta teacher sororities. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lees-McRae and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Gardner-Webb University.

Gammons takes the positions previously held by Blair Lambert, who is transferring to Dobson Elementary. Dobson assistant principal Kristin Blake is moving to Franklin Elementary.

Dr. Travis Reeves, school superintendent, said, “We are fortunate to hire these three quality individuals to lead our schools. These individuals are excellent teachers and will do a great job as administrators.”

Amanda Adams Adams

Jonathan Amos Amos

Lori Gammons Gammons

By Jeff Linville

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