Chatham Charter makes two key hires for high school

Apr. 06, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

Chatham Charter has made two critical hires for its new high school, opening in August.

Siler City native Beth Snider McCullough has been named principal, while Scarlett Liles, also a Siler City native, will be the high school’s college liaison.

McCullough spent the first 23 years of her career as a middle and high school music teacher (11 years) and most recently as the public information officer (12 years) for Chatham County Schools. In addition, during much of her time in the central office, the district arts education program involving 40 teachers also fell under her umbrella.

A graduate of Jordan-Matthews High School, she double majored at UNC-Greensboro in music education and Spanish, earned a master of education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and enrolled at UNC-Pembroke last year to complete add-on licensure in school administration. McCullough holds teacher licensure in k-12 Music, k-12 Spanish and middle school language arts.

“I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled we are to have someone with Beth’s credentials coming to join the Chatham Charter team,” said John Eldridge, headmaster of Chatham Charter School. “As a former high school teacher, and with her administrative knowledge she gained working in the Chatham County Central Office, she will be a major asset to our students and faculty as we work to start our new high school program this coming school year.”

As college liaison, Liles will be responsible for guiding students and parents through the college application and admissions process, as well as fostering and maintaining positive relationships with key colleges and universities. She began her career in higher education in 2006, serving as program coordinator for UNC General Administration, providing access and outreach to the students of North Carolina and connecting with all 17 state institutions.

In 2007, she joined the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at UNC Greensboro as senior assistant director. In this role, Liles acquired a wide range of knowledge in regard to college admissions and built a network of college admissions professionals across the nation, enhancing her ability to serve the students of North Carolina in their college search process. She has also worked with The Elon Academy, a competitive college-preparatory program through Elon University, as the college planning instructor. Like McCullough, Liles is a graduate of Jordan-Matthews High School and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, holding a bachelor of arts degree in American Studies with a concentration in Southern studies and a bachelor of arts in political science.

“Scarlett’s firsthand knowledge of how college admissions works will make her invaluable to our students, parents and staff,” Eldridge said. “She brings with her a vast network of college admissions offices, as well as the utmost respect of her peers and colleagues, which is critical for a person to be successful in this position.”

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