Dr. Melissa Gilbert Edwards has been selected as the new Superintendent of Neuse Charter School of Johnston County.
Dr. Edwards, a 19 year educator, was chosen after a rigorous national search led by the Neuse Charter School Board of Directors in consultation with Dr. Lee Bush, a prominent education consultant based out of Atlanta, GA. The candidate pool was extremely strong with a total of 49 applicants from 16 different states.
Dr. Edwards, who has Johnston County roots as a graduate of South Johnston High School, began her professional career as a middle school teacher, including time at Franklin Academy in Wake Forest and Thales Academy in Raleigh. In 2011, she transitioned to a middle and high school administrator at Thales Academy. Over the course of her eight years there, Dr. Edwards gained extensive experience in educational leadership,
curriculum development and coordination, and talent management. She currently serves as Head of School at Fusion Academy which offers an innovative personalized learning environment.
Dr. Edwards has Bachelor of Science and Masters of Education degrees from NC State
University and a Doctorate Degree in Education from Walden University. Additionally, she has
earned National Board Certification, Mentor Certification, and an Education Specialist Degree in
Teacher Leadership and School Administration.
Neuse Charter School Board of Directors Chair Dawn Dixon stated “This is an exciting time for
Neuse Charter School. Dr. Edwards is a high caliber leader with hometown roots. That is a win
for all of us and we’re confident that she will lead Neuse Charter School to new levels
of academic excellence.”
Neuse Charter School
909 M. Durwood Stephenson Pkwy.
Smithfield, NC 27577
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