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Surry County Schools Names New Principals

The Surry County Board of Education named Colby Beamer and Shannon DuPlessis as new principals for the school system effective July 1, 2019.  Colby Beamer will serve as the principal of Surry Early College and Shannon DuPlessis will serve as the principal of Meadowview Magnet Middle School. 

Mr. Beamer most recently served as assistant principal at East Surry High School.  He came to Surry County Schools as assistant principal at Surry Central High School in 2013 and also served as a teacher, coach, and athletic director in the elementary, middle and high school levels since he began his career in 2006 with New Hanover County Schools.  Mr. Beamer obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and his Master of Education in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. 

Mrs. DuPlessis began her teaching career in 2003 as a drop out prevention coordinator and English teacher at Vero Beach High School in Vero Beach, Florida.  She came to Surry County Schools in 2014 and taught English at North Surry High School before completing an administrative internship at Surry Central High School as part of the Principal Preparation for Excellence and Equity in Rural Schools (PPEERS) program through the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she obtained her Master of School Administration in Educational Leadership.  Mrs. DuPlessis obtained her undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University and most recently served as assistant principal at East Surry High School. 

The Board of Education is also excited to announce new administrative assignments for the

2019-2020 school year. Bill Goins will transfer as principal from Central Middle to

Surry Central High School. Alison York, currently the principal at Pilot Mountain Elementary will become principal at Central Middle and Dana Draughn will transfer from principal at Flat Rock Elementary to Pilot Mountain Elementary. 

Superintendent of Surry County Schools, Dr. Travis L. Reeves stated, “Surry County Schools is a progressive school district constantly striving to grow leaders who make an impact on relevant and purposeful education to make a difference locally in Surry County and beyond.  I am proud of our leadership team and look forward to working with each of these leaders to execute our strategic plan of designing dreams and growing leaders who will lead self, lead with others and change our world.”