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 has increased to 90.7%. For the last two years, 17 out of 21 schools have met or exceeded growth and Rock Springs Elementary was named an “A” School for the third year in a row. Currently, Lincoln County Schools ranks 11th 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 2018-2019 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. Prior to the start of the 2019-2020 school year, security cameras were added to school buses to assist bus drivers in the transporting of students.
Professional learning is a key lever for change in all districts. Dr. Morrow implemented leadership training for principals and assistant principals. These sessions focus on building the leader from within and cultivating leadership across the district. Digital learning instructional practices are evident in Lincoln County Schools. The district has deployed a broad range of technology enhanced strategies K-12 and continues to update technology to provide personalized learning in grades K-12.
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 benefited 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-eight-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 (PTEC) Regional Superintendent of the Year and served as the Chair of the Superintendent’s Consortium for PTEC. Dr. Morrow was named to the North Carolina State Superintendent's Reading Improvement Commission in March 2018 and also serves on the Board of the North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Morrow currently serves as the President Elect of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators and sits on the governing Board of The School Superintendent's Association. 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 25 years, live in Denver, NC with their two dogs Stella and Layla.