Principal Fellows Director
A native of NC, Dr. Price has been an educator in North Carolina’s public schools for twenty-five years. He served as an English and history teacher, has coached track and football, served as a public school administrator for thirteen years at both middle and high school levels, served as an Area Superintendent, a Chief Academic Office, and most recently served as the Deputy Superintendent of Johnston County Public Schools. He earned his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and his M.S.A. and Ed.D. from North Carolina State University.
He had earned numerous recognitions for his outstanding leadership including being awarded the Johnston County Administrator of the Year in 2007, the Johnston County Administrator of the Year in 2010, and the Johnston County Principal of the Year in 2013. Dr. Price has spoken at numerous national conferences regarding the work he has done on the turnaround process and the MTSS framework at the secondary level in public education.
While serving as principal at South Johnston High School, Dr. Price guided numerous changes in the culture of the school which improved behavioral and academic success. Under his leadership, the school’s four-year graduation rate increased 76% to to 95%; the office referrals decreased from approximately 1,400 to 500; and all three EOC proficiency cohorts improved. Most importantly, these changes were stimulated by initiatives that did not hamper teacher morale. The 2014 Teacher Working Conditions data showed tremendous growth in every area. Dr. Price attributes all positive change to relationship-building.
Since 2015, he has served in various central office capacities for Johnston County Public Schools, identifying “principal coaching” as a passion. Under his leadership as Chief Academic Officer and Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Price has implemented changes in the way the district addresses students with disciplinary issues. Upon implementing a more tiered approach to deviant student behaviors during the 2017-2018 school year, Johnston County Public Schools reduced its long-term suspensions from 26 to 4. Additionally, Dr. Price has facilitated a paradigm shift in the area of curriculum and instruction. In the second year of the JoCo 2020 initiative, the system has moved toward personalized and competency based education using standards based teaching and learning.
Dr. Price has been described by colleagues as a relationship-builder, an innovator and a change agent, an educational warrior, and a role model for other principals across the state. He and his wife, Kathy, live in the Clayton, NC area with their children: Eli, Bailey, and Charley.