The Richmond County Board of Education has announced that Keith McKenzie has been named to replace Cory Satterfield as the principal of Richmond Senior High School.
Satterfield announced his resignation about a month ago, and accepted a position as assistant superintendent of Scotland County Schools. After applying for, and not receiving, an open position in Richmond County as an assistant superintendent, Satterfield accepted the offer in another district. The open assistant superintendent position in Richmond County was filled by Cindy Goodman, who worked for Scotland County Schools.
“Mr. Satterfield has done a wonderful job for the last seven years as principal at Richmond Senior,” said McKenzie. “I look forward to working with him over the next few days to make the transition as seamless as possible.”
McKenzie began his career as a science and physical education teacher at Hamlet Junior High School, then joined the staff at Washington Street Elementary School where he was named an assistant principal. From there he served as principal at Hoffman Elementary School, principal at Fairview Heights Elementary School, and most recently as principal of East Rockingham Elementary School, before accepting his new position as the principal of Richmond Senior High School.
He received his bachelor of science degree form The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and received his master’s in School Administration and Curriculum from East Carolina.
He’s been married to Donna Lovin McKenzie of Rockingham for 33 years. They attend Beverly Hills Baptist Church, where Keith teaches Sunday school and serves as a deacon. They have two children, Katie and Luke, and a daughter-in-law Adena. They are also grandparents to Carleigh Paige, Tyler Luke, Lauren and Marcus. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and spending time with his grandchildren.
“I am very excited about joining the tradition of academic and athletic excellence at Richmond Senior High School,” said McKenzie. “I would like to thank Dr. Norris and the Richmond County Board of Education for their support.”
Debbie Wrenn will be taking over McKenzie’s position as principal of East Rockingham Elementary.
“I am most excited about the challenge of viewing education and leadership through the lens of the principalship,” said Wrenn. “I know we can build upon the current strengths and the compassion of the faculty and staff at East Rockingham Elementary.”
Wrenn has served as an educator in Richmond County Schools for more than 30 years. She taught students at Ellerbe Primary School, Mineral Springs School, Leak Street School and Washington Street School. She was named assistant principal at Richmond Primary School in 2001; a position that she held for four years until accepting the position of K-12 math and science curriculum specialist for Richmond County Schools in 2005. In 2008, Wrenn began serving as the Director of Elementary Instruction for Richmond County Schools. At the end of 2011, she was named K-12 curriculum director and served in that capacity until announcing her retirement in June.
Wrenn has been the recipient of Richmond County Schools Elementary Mathematics Teacher of the Year Award, as well as Richmond County Schools Assistant Principal of the Year Award.
She earned a bachelor of science degree in K-12 Health Education and Physical Education from Appalachian State University. She also holds a masters of education degree in School Administration and Curriculum Instructional Specialist from East Carolina University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in education.
Wrenn and her husband Randy have one son, Justin, daughter-in-law, Jennifer Wrenn, one daughter, Jenny Wrenn Williamson and a son-in-law, Jody Williamson. She has one grandson, Grayson Wrenn, and is expecting a granddaughter in September. She and her family are members of Beverly Hills Baptist Church where Wrenn serves as a teacher for a Sunday school class.
“It is critical that we maintain the standard of high expectations for student achievement,” said Wrenn. “Our focus will be on providing a supportive environment and a strong instructional plan for the new curriculum standards.”
— Staff Writer Kelli Easterling can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.