The Wayne County Board of Education has named new principals for Grantham Elementary School and Charles B. Aycock High School.

The board approved the administrative changes at its December meeting.

Tracy McKeel will be the principal of Grantham Elementary School, effective Jan. 1, and Tod Morgan will be the principal of Charles B. Aycock High School, with a start date yet to be confirmed.

“Mr. Morgan and Ms. McKeel are demonstrated leaders who have proven track records as administrators,” said Superintendent David Lewis. “We look forward to welcoming them to their new roles, and will be ready to provide support as needed during the transition.”

McKeel began her career in education in 1990 as a teacher at Carver Elementary School. She taught at Rosewood Elementary School for 18 years, and in 2009, became the curriculum facilitator at Grantham Elementary School.

She became assistant principal of Rosewood Elementary School in 2011.

McKeel has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a K-12 reading certification and a master’s degree in elementary education. She is licensed in school administration and achieved National Board Certification.

McKeel was named Wayne County Public Schools Teacher of the Year for the 2007-08 academic year.

She succeeds Bill Joyner, who retires at the end of the year.

Morgan, the principal of Jones Senior High in Trenton, has ties to Wayne County, having previously worked as head basketball coach at Goldsboro High and Charles B. Aycock High.

He began his education career at Hyde County Public Schools in 1994 as the health and physical education teacher. During the next 20 years, he taught and served as head basketball coach at different schools across the state, including Goldsboro High and Charles B. Aycock High.

He was also the junior varsity coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1989 to 1991, and has numerous coaching accolades including being selected as 10X Coach of the Year in basketball and 2X Coach of the Year in golf.

He entered school administration and most recently worked as assistant principal of Jones Senior High School, in 2015, prior to being named principal in 2019.

He has a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in sports administration and a master’s degree in school administration.

Morgan is a member of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association board of directors, representing Region 2 that includes 14 counties in eastern North Carolina, including Wayne.

Morgan succeeds John Bell, who plans to retire as principal at Charles B. Aycock High at the end of December.

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