Jane Seamon has worked in Davie County Schools for a total of 20 years at both William R. Davie Elementary School (3 years) and at Cooleemee Elementary School (17 years). Colleagues describe her as a dedicated and energetic teacher assistant, who works diligently to ensure the growth of all students. She makes building relationships with students a high priority.

Mrs. Seamon is known for motivating and encouraging students to meet personal learning goals and then celebrating with them when their goals, both big and small, are achieved. She considers her work at Cooleemee Elementary School to be a mission field, devoting her efforts to students during school and after school, as well. She has worked diligently with her family, friends, and church members to provide book bags, school supplies, and clothing to students in need.

Mrs. Seamon’s dedication to the students and community of Cooleemee Elementary School is greatly appreciated. Congratulations and special thanks to Jane Seamon, Davie County Schools' District Teacher Assistant of the Year!
A Message from the Davie County Board of Education

As you are aware, Dr. Hartness is beginning a new chapter of his professional life in January. First and foremost, I want to congratulate Dr. Hartness and Davidson County Community College (DCCC). What a great opportunity for him and a great hire for the college. As he has done for us, I know he will do an incredible job for DCCC. I want to publicly thank Dr. Hartness for his leadership, passion and heart that he has poured into our schools and our community. Very few will know the time and effort that he has put into helping make our school system what it is today. I wish him the very best.

Although I never wanted to be here, we are in the position to find a new leader to continue the journey we are on. We have a lot of positive momentum and plan to continue on that path. On behalf of the Davie County Board of Education, I want to assure you that we will be diligent in finding the best superintendent possible.

Clint Junker
Chairman, Davie County Board of Education
Welcome to DCS!

Carey Smith is the new assistant principal for North Davie Middle School. She earned her Bachelor of Science in education, special education degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo and her Master of Education in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. Ms. Smith completed her education specialist degree in educational leadership at Appalachian State University.

Ms. Smith has over a decade of special education teaching experience. She has served as director for the Early Reading First Preschool and a middle school assistant principal at Calabass Middle School in Arizona and Meadowlark Middle School, as well as at The Special Children's School, in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

Susan Spear is the new assistant principal for Cornatzer Elementary School. Ms. Spear earned her Bachelor of Science in education from Emporia State University and her Master of Arts in education from Cumberland University. She earned a Master of Science in school leadership from Baker University.

Ms. Spear has over 15 years experience teaching in elementary schools in Tennessee and Kansas. She served as the school improvement specialist at Starside Elementary in Kansas for the past three years.
The DavieLEADS initiative is a five year collaboration, supporting a focus on professional learning communities, with goals of improving Kindergarten readiness and third grade reading proficiency. This program has been underway for only one school year now and has already shown improvement in both areas. In just the first year, third grade reading proficiency in DCS has moved from 45th to 17th out of 115 school districts in NC. Thank you to the Mebane Charitable Foundation for investing in Davie County and changing the lives of our students. Below are articles with the latest successes to celebrate:
Back to School Convocation

Davie County Schools celebrated the Back to School Convocation this year at Davie County High School. Each year, our employees gather for inspiration and motivation for the new school year and to find out who has been selected as the Stars of the Year.

The Davie County High School cheerleaders helped set the mood for convocation. The Stars of the Year nominees entered the gym at Davie High through a tunnel of cheerleaders waving their pom poms, as Jeff Wallace called their names. Mr. Wallace welcomed the employees and provided the invocation. The Davie High JROTC presented the Colors and Boy Scouts led the Pledge of Allegiance. After an incredible performance of the National Anthem by Traci Richardson, Lloyd and Leah McCullar, Jinda Haynes announced the Stars of the Year. 

  • Bus Driver of the Year: Sheila Taylor, Cooleemee Elementary School
  • Transportation Professional of the Year: Angie Bowles, Transportation
  • Custodial Team of the Year: William R. Davie Elementary School: Bradley Sharpe, Gary Jones, Jessica Searcy
  • Maintenance Person of the Year: Lindsay Baltes, Maintenance
  • Child Nutrition Manager of the Year: Will Turrentine, South Davie Middle School
  • Child Nutrition Person of the Year: Sharon Holcomb, Cooleemee Elementary School
  • Student Services Person of the Year: Aubrey Draughn, Central Davie Education Center
  • EC Related Service Person of the Year: Aimee Farr, Central Davie Education Center
  • EC Teacher of the Year: Julie Barnes, William Ellis Middle School
  • Office Professional of the Year: Pamela Smith, Central Office
  • Administrator of the Year: Erin Foil, Central Davie Education Center
  • Assistant Principal of the Year: Raymonda Shelton, Shady Grove Elementary School
  • Teacher Assistant of the Year: Jane Seamon, Cooleemee Elementary School

Dr. Hartness introduced the guest speaker, Dr. Ken Peacock, former chancellor of Appalachian State University. Dr. Peacock provided an inspiring message for our employees, encouraging them with his words of wisdom. He shared the amazing impact of a teacher and the power we have to unlock the potential of our students, giving them confidence and hope. Dr. Peacock challenged us to listen to our students, care about them, and unlock the doors to their potential.

Dr. Hartness shared his back to school message, reflecting on the past year. Last year, we were celebrating the start of the new year at the new Davie County High School and ended with the first 400 graduates from the new campus. We have grown together. With the implementation of the DavieLEADS initiative, all will benefit from that investment. Improved Kindergarten readiness and third grade reading proficiency will resonate through all grade levels and into our community.

The Principal of the Year was awarded to Jennifer Swofford from Mocksville Elementary  School. The schools' Teachers of the Year were introduced and the District Teacher of the Year was awarded to Dawn Lowery from North Davie Middle School. Brian Nicolay from Flow Honda of Winston-Salem came bearing gifts. Ms. Swofford received $1,000 in honor of her accomplishments and Ms. Lowery will be driving a nice, new Honda for the school year! We sincerely thank Flow Honda for their partnership!

In closing, Board of Education Chairman Clint Junker shared that he was very thankful for teachers and staff, as a parent and as a board member. He shared his appreciation to the staff for choosing to change kids’ lives and thanked everyone for choosing to do it in Davie County. He stated, "You have a choice and we are glad you are here."
Our school district and community leaders have been hard at work developing the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan for Davie County Schools. We were excited to kick-off this school year introducing our plan to guide the future of Davie County Schools:
Davie County Schools will be a safe, innovative learning environment where each individual is valued, respected, and challenged. An engaging staff and community will ensure students learn, grow, create, and discover their talents through experiences that prepare them for success.

We engage, equip, and empower students.

Beliefs and Core Values
Dedication and Commitment

Priority Focus Areas
Life-Changing Teaching and Learning
Highly Effective Educators and Staff
Enhanced Educational Environments
Family, Community, and Business Engagement
Accountability Results

Davie County Schools Show Strong Growth

On September 5, 2018, the North Carolina State Board of Education heard the accountability results for the 2017-18 school year. Davie County Schools showed strong growth results. Almost three quarters of Davie County schools met or exceeded growth expectations in 2017-18, with almost half exceeding their growth expectations, compared to 27% of schools that exceeded growth statewide.

Also part of the report to the NC State Board of Education earlier this month was the cohort graduation rate. This rate measures the percentage of students that graduate high school in 4 years or less. For the third year in a row, Davie County Schools had a graduation rate of 87.3% in 2017-18. The state cohort graduation rate for 2017-18 was 86.3%.
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NCSBA D5 Meeting

On September 19, 2018, Davie County High School hosted the North Carolina School Board Association District 5 meeting. Eighty representatives from around the region attended breakout sessions, toured Davie High, and met to discuss recent changes affecting North Carolina public education. Davie County High School's ProStart classes served refreshments, Davie County Schools' Child Nutrition served a wonderful meal, and the Davie County High School Madrigal Singers performed three pieces and received a standing ovation.  
Please Plan to Vote

Election day is November 6, and Early Voting in Davie County begins on October 17. We encourage our staff, students, parents, and citizens to research the candidates and exercise their right to vote. Please note the following important dates:

October 12 | This is the last day to register to vote in order to be eligible to vote in the November 6 election. You may check your registration here. Information on how to register to vote may be found here

October 17 | Early in person voting begins. You may find out where to vote here

November 5 | This is the last day to request absentee voting by mail, which has already begun.

November 6 | Election Day!

Preregistration for 16 and 17-year-olds: One of the lesser publicized provisions of the 2013 voter ID law ended voter preregistration for 16 and 17-year-olds. Now that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down those 2013 restrictions, preregistration is back and our 16 and 17-year-olds can now preregister to vote. Students may preregister to vote in the Guidance Office at Davie County High School or any of the other locations listed here.
Darrin L. Hartness, Ed. D.
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