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Saturday, May 18, 2024

NHCS announces new principal assignments

The DA along with Sheriff have requested an outside investigation into allegations against New Hanover County Schools administration. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
New Hanover County Schools has announced a new batch of incoming principals. (Port City Daily photo/file photo)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — New Hanover County Schools has announced new principal assignments for the upcoming 2023-2024 academic year. Assignments will go into effect July 1, 2023. 

The following principals have been assigned to their respective schools:

  • Ashley High School: Michael Perez

Before coming to NHCS, Mike Perez was the principal of Grassfield High School in Virginia’s Chesapeake County Schools, where he spent over 30 years. Perez was a teacher for seven years, served as assistant principal for eight years, and has spent the last 15 years as a principal. Perez received a bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University in 1993 and a master’s in education administration in 1999, also from Old Dominion University. As a lifelong learner, Perez is currently continuing his education as a doctoral candidate at Regent University. He is also an avid performing and recording musician.

  • Career Readiness Academy at Mosley: Charles Broadfoot

Broadfoot is a product of NHCS (Ogden, Noble, Laney) and a 1998 UNCW graduate in middle grades education. He received his master’s in school administration from Lewis & Clark College in 2010. His 24-year education career includes four years in Anne Arundel County in Maryland and nine years in Portland Public Schools in Oregon as a middle school science and social studies teacher. For the last 11 years, he has been in administration with NHCS.

  • Forest Hills Global Elementary: Diego Lehocky

Lehocky has over 25 years of experience as a teacher, principal, counselor, and coach. Of that time, 15 years have been spent as a principal in Pender County (Penderlea School) and New Hanover County schools (Sunset Park). He earned a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in psychology with a minor in Spanish and a master’s of school administration from UNCW. Lehocky has been married for over 25 years and has two sons.

  • Hoggard High School: Christopher Madden

Originally from New Jersey, Madden has spent the last two decades in Wilmington. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from UNCW, a master’s in teaching from Rowan University, and a master’s in school administration from UNCW. Madden began his career in education as a history teacher and athletic coach. He has served as a principal in both Pender and New Hanover Counties. He has been recognized as the Principal of the Year in both districts.

  • Murray Middle School: Deanna Leake

Leake has been the principal of Carolina Beach Elementary School for the last five years. Before that, she served as an assistant principal of Murray Middle School for eight years. Over the previous two years, she has served as NCPAPA President for New Hanover County Schools and recently completed the Distinguished Leadership in Practice Program. Before her administrative experience, she taught at Bellamy Elementary School and was accepted into the Principal Fellows Program, through which she was awarded a full scholarship and earned her master’s in school administration with additional licensure in curriculum, instruction and supervision. 

  • Roland Grise Middle: Lauren Nozfiger-Nalepa

Nalepa has served NHCS since 2002, starting as a special education and general education Teacher. She has served as assistant principal for Rachel Freeman School of Engineering, Murray Middle School and Roland Grise Middle School. Most recently, she has been the Principal at Mary Washington Howe PreK Center and Career Readiness Academy at Mosley.

  • Sunset Park Elementary: Joe Pazar

Pazar was born and raised in Alaska, earning his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and teaching before moving to Reno, Nevada. Pazar has also earned his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the American College of Education and a second master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from the University of Nevada. Pazar began his teaching career as an elementary school teacher in Soldotna, Alaska, went on to teach secondary mathematics, served as an assistant principal, and most recently, as principal in Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada.

  • Wrightsboro Elementary: Michelle Faison

Faison brings with her 23 years of experience working with diverse populations of students. Before moving to Wilmington in 2006, she worked as a sixth-grade language arts teacher in Brunswick County, Charleston County and Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools. In 2006 she was hired at Trask Middle School, where she spent 12 years. While there, she taught language arts, was the instructional coach, and served as assistant principal. She was named the 2011-2012 NHCS Middle School Teacher of the Year. Most recently, Faison has served as the assistant principal at Laney High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from West Liberty State College in West Virginia and a master’s degree in educational leadership, curriculum and instruction from Salem International University in West Virginia.


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