Dr. Lory Morrow, Superintendent
Lincoln County Schools
Dr. Lory Morrow was named superintendent of the Lincoln County Schools on June 6, 2017. Immediately upon assuming her role as superintendent, she began working with the school board, community members and elected officials to ensure additional support for Lincoln County Schools. This collaborative effort led to the passing of the 1/4 Cent Sales Tax Referendum in May 2018. Digital learning, school safety, infrastructure improvements and increasing classroom instructional materials are areas of focus for Dr. Morrow as she strives to increase learning opportunities for all students in Lincoln County Schools.
Under Dr. Morrow’s leadership, Lincoln County Schools graduation rate is holding steady at 90%. 17 out of 21 schools met or exceeded growth during the 2017-18 school year and Rock Springs Elementary was named an “A” School for the second year in a row. Currently Lincoln County Schools ranks 10th in the state in student achievement out of the 115 districts across North Carolina.
Dr. Morrow continues to focus on school safety as the district added School Resource Officers (SRO’s) to all middle schools for the 2018-19 school year. The district has also embraced various mental health trainings for staff in an effort to help provide an understanding of the various needs of students today.
Professional learning is a key lever for change in all districts. Dr. Morrow implemented leadership development opportunities for all principals and assistant principals. These sessions focus on building the leader from within and cultivating leadership across the district.
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 was 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 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 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 30 years. Oak Grove High School opened its doors to students in August of 2017. Another 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 before joining Lincoln County Schools. During her twenty-six-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 was named the 2017 Piedmont-Triad Education Consortium Regional Superintendent of the Year and served as the Chair of the Superintendent’s Consortium for PTEC. Morrow currently serves as the Immediate Past President of NCASCD and serves as a board member of NCASA. She was recently named to the North Carolina State Superintendent’s Reading Improvement Commission in March 2018. Dr. Morrow also enjoys participation on various community boards in Lincoln County. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, the beach, and spending time with her family. Lory and her husband Jerry, of 24 years, live in Denver, NC with their two dogs Stella and Layla.