GCS Appoints New Chief Performance Officer

For Immediate Release: March 1, 2021

Contact: Nora Shoptaw (336) 370-8386
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GCS Appoints New Chief Performance Officer
Sonya Stephens joins district from Wake County Public School System

Greensboro, N.C. – Sonya Stephens will become the next Chief Performance Officer for Guilford County Schools. The announcement came during Saturday’s Guilford County Board of Education work session.

Stephens has served as the senior director of school accountability in Wake County Public School System since 2014. There, she provided leadership for district-wide data analysis, assessment and planning to improve student learning. In Wake County she also spent nearly six years as a data trainer, working closely with principals and district administrators on monitoring their efforts and making data a part of an ongoing cycle of instructional improvement.

From 2002 to 2008, Stephens was an executive director of the educational accountability department for Kenosha Unified School District in Kenosha, Wis., and also served as a testing and assessment coordinator for that team. She was an associate director of admissions for North Carolina A&T State University and a school counselor in Rockingham County.

Stephens holds a Ph.D. in leadership for learning and service from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, and was a fellow in the Harvard University Strategic Data Project. She earned a master’s degree in counselor education from North Carolina A&T State University and a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina and one of the 50 largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, serves 70,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com<nam05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gcsnc.com%2F&data=02%7C01%7Csilverj%40gcsnc.com%7C79407275dd6940ec549d08d7e890bf0b%7C9ae2fb1fdea24c4381947624fcbbb30c%7C0%7C0%7C63723358…>.

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