Dr. Lory Morrow, Superintendent
Lincoln County Schools
Dr. Lory Morrow was named superintendent of the Lincoln County Schools on June 6, 2017. Prior to this appointment, she served three and a half years as the fifth superintendent for the Davidson County Schools in Lexington and was the system’s first female superintendent. Under Dr. Morrow’s leadership, the graduation rate of Davidson County Schools has been the highest in the district’s history. Parallel to the increased graduation rate, Morrow oversaw increased student achievement in all areas for third through twelfth grade. Students and teachers in Davidson County have benefitted from a focused instructional framework utilizing Problem/Project Based learning strategies designed to maximize student achievement at all grade levels. Davidson County Schools was able to create and deploy a local option plan for the Analysis of Student Work (ASW) process during Morrow’s tenure that was used as a model across North Carolina. Dr. Morrow was also instrumental in establishing leadership academies in Davidson County Schools that have cultivated teacher leaders, assistant principals, and principals in leadership experiences to prepare them for the next generation of leading their schools.
Improving the physical infrastructure of Davidson County Schools was a top-priority for Dr. Morrow. While serving the district she implemented a three-year technology plan focused on digital teaching and learning while simultaneously guiding the district through the final phases of construction on the first new high school to open in many years. Oak Grove High School is scheduled to open in August 2017. A celebration for Davidson County Schools during Dr. Morrow’s tenure was the addition of eight classrooms and a new playground designed for exceptional students at Stoner-Thomas School.
As an instructional leader, Dr. Morrow is committed to ensuring all students are career and college ready. She has served in varying roles as a superintendent, deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent, executive director, principal, assistant principal and teacher. Morrow has been a part of shaping student and district success as a part of the Davidson, Gaston, Charlotte- Mecklenburg and Iredell-Statesville school districts. During her twenty-five year career as an educator, Morrow has worked diligently to ensure all students receive top quality education regardless of their zip code.
Dr. Morrow received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and her Master’s in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University. She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Morrow is the 2017 Piedmont-Triad Education Consortium Regional Superintendent of the Year and the Chair of the Superintendent’s Consortium for PTEC. Morrow currently serves as the President NCASCD and has enjoyed participation on community boards during her tenure as Superintendent in Davidson County. In her free time she enjoys swimming, the beach, and spending time with her family. Lory and her husband Jerry of 23 years live in Denver, NC.