Richmond County Schools will soon welcome administrators to the district’s leadership team. Cindy Goodman will become the assistant superintendent of human resources; Kelly DeLong, will become the new director of K-12 math and science; and Donna Gephart will be the new director of K12 English/language arts and social studies. Jeff Maples, who currently serves as the assistant superintendent of HR, will become the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. Each of these positions were approved by the Richmond County Board of Education in June, and become effective July 1.
George Norris, superintendent of schools, said he looks forward to what each leader will bring to his or her new position.
“Each of these individuals has proven their commitment to student learning, and has shown exceptional leadership,” Norris said. “I am excited for each of them to join our team and help us carry out our mission of ensuring that all of our students learn with rigor and reach their high potentials.”
Goodman began her career in public education at Hamlet Junior High School as a math teacher. From there she moved to Scotland County Schools to become an assistant principal at Scotland High School, and Central School, before moving to be the principal at I.E. Johnson Elementary School. Goodman also served as principal of Carver Middle School and Laurel Hill Elementary School where she received numerous recognitions including the National Title One Distinguished School award, the “No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools Award,” and the title of Wachovia Scotland County Principal of the Year. Goodman has also served on several boards, including the NC Title One Advisory Board, the Compliance Commission and the NC Principals and Assistant Principals State Board. She said she is looking forward to returning to Richmond County Schools.
“I’m excited about coming home and I’ve been fortunate to have a variety of experiences throughout my career that will help me during the transition,” Goodman said. “I’m also excited to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Norris and the strong team he has assembled. Together, I hope we will continue to produce positive outcomes for the children of Richmond County.”
Goodman’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in political science from UNC-Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in education from UNC-Pembroke and a doctorate in education from Wingate University. She is married to state representative Ken Goodman and resides in Rockingham.
Gephart began her career in public education with Moore County Schools as a classroom teacher at Aberdeen Middle School. In 1998, she took a position at West Pine Middle School as a teacher for gifted students. She then transitioned into the role of a lead teacher working in the field of gifted education and curriculum at the district level in 2000. In recent years, Gephart’s position was redesigned and she became the specialist of advanced studies, arts education and K-12 social studies and English language arts for Moore County Schools. Within this role she worked with advanced placement, gifted education and the K-12 Arts program and developed curriculum support materials.
Gephart has served on a variety of committees for the NC Department of Public Instruction. Her work includes the K-12 Literacy Committee, which developed a statewide literacy plan in 2011. In 2005 she served as the AIG regional facilitator.
“This is a very exciting time in education, and I’m looking forward to joining the Richmond County Schools team,” Gephart said.
Gephart’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from UNC-Pembroke and masters degrees in elementary education, and school administration – curriculum and instruction from UNC-Pembroke.
DeLong began her teaching career in 1987 as a middle school math and science teacher in Buncombe County. She moved to Moore County in 2006 where she taught middle school math and was most recently a curriculum specialist for math and science.
DeLong is a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of early adolescence mathematics. She is also the co-author of several North Carolina Teacher Academy mathematics modules. DeLong has worked as an educational consultant and has presented workshops in several states. She was named Buncombe County Schools Secondary Mathematics Teacher of the Year and Walmart/Phi Delta Kappa North Carolina Teacher of the Year.
“It is my privilege to join Richmond County Schools,” DeLong said. “I look forward to working with the dedicated principals, teachers, staff and students. I will work tirelessly for Richmond County Schools as we enter this era of curriculum reform and next generation assessments.”
DeLong lives in Pinehurst with her husband, Jim, and two sons, Kyle and Logan. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in secondary science education from UNC-Chapel Hill. She also holds a master’s degree in education from Georgetown College with a concentration in middle grades math and science.