Dr. Kendra March returned to Guilford County Schools in 2017 to serve as the school support officer for Elementary Area 2. March previously worked as an instructional improvement officer in GCS from 2007-08, where she led the development of a vision and established programmatic direction for secondary schools in the district.
Before coming to GCS the first time, March started her educational leadership career in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), serving as an assistant principal and principal. That led her to GCS, followed by a return to CMS, where she was principal of Westerly Hills Academy, a high-poverty, struggling school.
Under March’s leadership, student proficiency grew more than 23 percentage points on state tests, and the school’s growth designation changed from “no recognition” to “high growth” status. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction named Westerly Hills a “School of Excellence” due to the high-growth standards.
March then moved to Atlanta, where she was deputy superintendent of school leadership and operational support for DeKalb County Schools, the nation’s 27th-largest school district. As second in command to the superintendent, she established a Principals' Leadership Academy to train new and aspiring principals, and fostered a partnership with Mercer University to provide executive leadership training for future district leaders.
She has also worked as a school transformation coach for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, where she assisted school districts in designing, implementing and evaluating programs and strategies to improve student achievement.
Most recently, March was the deputy superintendent of teaching and learning for the Rochester City School District in Rochester, NY, where she oversaw curriculum, instruction and professional learning.
March has her bachelor’s, Master’s Degrees in School Leadership and K-12 Curriculum and Instruction and Supervision, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership, all from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.