The New Hanover County Board of Education approved the following administrator and administrative changes for the 2020-2021 school year at their Regular Board Meeting on August 11, 2020.
Aaron Livengood has been named acting principal of Laney High School. He is a Winston-Salem, North Carolina native, who has lived in Wilmington since 1997. Mr. Livengood joined NHCS in 2005 as a Health/Physical Education Teacher at Trask Middle School, where he worked until 2012. During that time, he served as the school’s Athletic Director, Assistant Football Coach, and Boy’s Basketball Coach. In addition to his duties at Trask Middle School, he also coached Boy’s Basketball and Baseball at Laney High School from 2004 - 2015. In 2012, Mr. Livengood transitioned to Laney High School as the Dean of Students, where he remained until December of 2015. At that time, Mr. Livengood joined the Laney High School administrative staff as the 4th Assistant Principal. Mr. Livengood holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Master’s degree in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University.
Blair Highsmith is the new assistant principal at Holly Shelter Middle School. Mr. Highsmith is currently serving as a Teacher at Murray Middle School. He previously served as a teacher at West Lake Middle School in Wake County and Horton Middle School in Chatham County. Mr. Highsmith’s administrative contract is effective until June 30, 2022. Mr. Highsmith received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Adolescent Development from the Appalachian State University, a Master’s of Science in Education from the North Carolina State University, and a Masters of Administration from the University of North Carolina - Wilmington.
Michelle Manis is the new assistant principal at Howe Pre-K Center and Johnson Pre-K Center. Ms. Manis is currently the MTSS Coordinator at Murrayville Elementary School. Previously, she served as a Teacher in grades second and third and a Behavior Support Specialist with New Hanover County Schools. Ms. Manis’ administrative contract is effective until June 30, 2022. Ms. Manis received a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and a Masters of School Education from John Carroll University in Ohio.
Lindsey Fields has been named the new assistant principal at Rachel Freeman School of Engineering. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a fine arts focus from UNCW. She then started her career in teaching at Gregory School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, teaching kindergarten, first, and second grade. While teaching at Gregory, Fields obtained her Masters in Elementary Education. From Gregory, she transferred to John J. Blair Elementary and taught first grade before transitioning to their instructional coach/MTSS Coordinator. During her time as an instructional coach, she went back to UNCW to get her administrative license. She is now starting her journey as the assistant principal at Rachel Freeman School of Engineering. “I am extremely excited to be a part of the Freeman Family and grow with them during the 2020-2021 school year,” says Lindsey Fields.
Christopher Madden has been named the new principal at Williston Middle School. Mr. Madden is currently the Principal of Topsail High School with Pender County Schools. Previously, he was the Principal of Pender High, Topsail Middle, and Cape Fear Middle schools in Pender County. Additionally, he has served as an Assistant Principal and a Teacher. Mr. Madden’s administrative contract is effective until June 30, 2022. Mr. Madden received a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington, a Master’s degree in Teaching, Secondary Education from Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, and a Master of School Administration from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.