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The Iredell-Statesville School Board of Education welcomed Kelly Byrd-Johnson (fourth from right) as the new principal at Central Elementary School. From left are board members Todd Carver, Charles Kelly, Ken Poindexter, Bill Howell, Byrd-Johnson, vice-chairman Chuck Gallyon, chairman Martin Page and Sam Kennington. 

The Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education announced Kelly Byrd-Johnson as the new principal of Central Elementary School at Monday night’s meeting.

Superintendent Brady Johnson introduced Byrd-Johnson, describing her as a veteran educator with a proven record of high student achievement.

After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Appalachian State University in 1996, Byrd-Johnson went on to receive her Master of Arts in school leadership from Gardner-Webb University in 2004.

Beginning her career in public education as a high school teacher and coach at Alexander Central High School, she also worked as a counselor and student advocate in the Wilkes County School System before serving as assistant principal at West Yadkin Elementary School from 2005-2008.

Before becoming the assistant principal/restart coordinator for N.B. Mills Elementary School in 2018, Byrd-Johnson served 10 years as an elementary school principal at East Bend, Jonesville and Fall Creek Elementary School, all within the Yadkin County School district.

During her tenure at Fall Creek Elementary School, the school exceeded growth for four consecutive year and was recognized by the Department of Public Instruction for being in the top 10 percent for student growth in North Carolina from 2016-2018.

“I am confident that Mrs. Byrd-Johnson will provide the leadership necessary to continue the tradition of excellence that has come to define Central Elementary School,” Brady Johnson said.

Byrd-Johnson will assume her new duties effective July 1, 2019.

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