Elkin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe recently announced a reorganization of the central office leadership team after the Elkin City School Board of Education met in closed session on Monday.
Allison Moxley was named as director of Human Resources, and Cynthia Altemueller will become the chief academic officer for Elkin City Schools.
Moxley said her responsibilities will encompass hiring personnel, teacher licensure, workers compensation, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and coordinating the substitute teacher training.
She also will organize retirement dinners and Teacher of the Year events.
Moxley said, “I am excited to be with Elkin City Schools, it is like a big family. I enjoy working with all the different classifications of people, teachers, maintenance, finance. I get to be involved with all of those and I love getting to see the kids during the school year.”
Moxley has served as Human Resources specialist with Elkin City Schools since 2011 and has seven years previous experience in the field of human resources.
Bledsoe said, “Ms. Moxley has proven a most effective leader in helping Elkin City Schools to continue to retain and recruit school staff. Her work with our staff, administrators, and school personnel insures the most highly qualified staff members are in the schools and classrooms each day with our children.”
Altemueller spent six of her 21 years in education serving Elkin City Schools as school support director.
“It is no different than what I did before, neither my jobs nor responsibilities, it is simply a title change,” said Altemueller.
Altemueller said one of the key components for her is empowering teachers to be critical thinkers and collaborators and modeling that for their students.
“My role is to make sure that teachers have the tools and resources they need for their classroom,” said Altemueller. She said those are both tangible and intangible items. She emphasized that teachers have the power to change the students’ perspective in learning, they are not just the keepers of information.
Altemueller said a 21st-Century classroom is a style of teaching that involves problem-solving and facilitating in an interactive approach.
“I am honored to be given such a title, but it does not make me any better than anyone in the school system. We walk in every day with students as a priority, it is not intimidating, it is teamwork.”
Altemueller has master’s degrees in middle school education and administration. She also has a National Board Certification in early adolescence science.
Altemueller added, “Our sole contributor to society is the student. We all have the same goal and we want to see students be their best.”
Altemueller went on to say that she is honored the Board of Education and Bledsoe believes she is worthy of that title.
“We all put our pants on the same way every morning and we can all learn,” said Altemueller.
The superintendent said, “Mrs. Altemueller has demonstrated through her work in Title I, English as a Second Language, professional development and the implementation of continuous changes in curriculum and instruction an ability to lead our schools. Her role has been essential in our quest to provide an excellent academic environment for every student in our school system.
“The Elkin City School Board is pleased with the direction our school system consistently moves and the leadership team and staff propelling it forward,” added Bledsoe.
Elkin City Schools leads as one of the highest performing school systems in the state based on student academic growth, high school graduation rate and the North Carolina Report Card.
Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.