Carter G. Woodson School Board announces administrative changes and open student enrollment

Carter G. Woodson School Board announces administrative changes and open student enrollment
August 24
13:07 2022

In October 2022 Carter G. Woodson School (CGWS), located at 437 Goldfloss St., will celebrate 26 years of serving the families of the Piedmont Triad. CGWS is a K-12 tuition-free charter school of choice serving an average of 450 students. The Board of Directors of CGWS announces the departure of its school director, Benjamin Harris, Esq., effective July 29. Mr. Harris has been with the school for ten years serving as a high school history and English teacher, a lead coach of the Mock Trial program, and a representative in the school’s Study Abroad program. He served as the assistant school director for two years and school executive director for the past three years. Mr. Harris oversaw the expansion of the school’s urban farm, establishment of a robotics program, and other structural developments.

Mr. Harris is noted as saying, “As we transition from a pandemic to a can-demic to a win-demic, we are poised to continue to provide our students the very best education … We do not believe in the concept of learning loss. We believe in unfinished learning.” We wish Mr. Harris much success in his new career ventures.

The board is delighted to welcome and announce the return of Ruth Hopkins as the interim executive director, effective August. Ms. Hopkins served as the school’s director from its inception in October 1996 until August 2019, providing the very foundation for the school’s growth and success.

Current Board of Directors Chair Ariana Vargas Olivares stated, “With her administrative and elementary school teaching experience, we are delighted that Ms. Hopkins has agreed to serve in this interim capacity as we continue implementing our transition plan to find a permanent school principal.”

With its 26 years of experience, CGWS is committed more than ever to building upon our successes and fully exemplifying our motto of  “Strive to Excel, not to Equal.”

CGWS is seeking a transformational leader to serve in the role of principal/executive director. The board of directors has contracted LIANDA Consulting Group, Inc. (L. Aynn Daniels, Pres/CEO) to provide professional consultant services for the principal/executive search, develop a work plan for the search, and provide a hub for information, important dates, and milestones. LIANDA has engaged Crown Consultants Group, LLC (Lakisha D. Jordan, CEO) as a strategic partner in this effort.

The CGWS Board of Directors has appointed a board search committee that will lead the search for a new director.

We invite the public and parents to call/visit the school and to learn more about what we have to offer in the academic development of children. Call 336-723-6838 and visit our website at and if you wish to enroll your child for the school season beginning August 29, 2022.

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