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New Principals at Bragg Street Academy and Southern Lee High

SANFORD — Lee County Schools Superintendent Dr. Andy Bryan recently announced the two new principals of Bragg Street Academy (BSA) and Southern Lee High School (SLHS).

Dr. Shannon Shuey, district middle school curriculum specialist and interim BSA principal, will take on the role of principal at BSA. Molly Poston, one of Southern’s assistant principals, was named SLHS’s principal.

Starting out teaching fourth grade at Deep River Elementary School, Shuey has been a part of the Lee County Schools family since 2004. She became an assistant principal at SanLee Middle School in 2009, then principal at East Lee Middle School in 2012. Shuey took on a new role as the district’s Middle School Curriculum Specialist, and since January of 2019, has been serving as interim principal at BSA.

Shuey holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, a certificate to teach students K-12 in an Academically Intellectually Gifted program, a Masters of School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from High Point University.

On stepping back into school administration, Shuey said “it comes with great excitement to be announced as the Principal of Bragg Street Academy for the 2019-2020 school year. As principal, I want others to understand that our students are on a journey where they hit some bumps in the road, but my hope is for the teachers and students to overcome these challenges and to never stop believing that success is possible.”

Another longtime Lee County Schools family member, Poston taught at Lee County High School from 1993-2005 and at Southern Lee from when its doors opened in 2005 to until 2012 when she was named one of the school’s assistant principals. She also briefly worked in Rocky Mount at the Tar River Learning Center as a science teacher in 1993.

Poston holds an Associate in Science from Craven Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Science Education from East Carolina University and a Master of School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

While she has been a part of the Southern Lee administrative team, Poston cannot wait to take on her new role. “I am thrilled to have the honor to serve as Southern Lee's principal. Having been a Cavalier since the school opened, I have had the unique perspective of seeing our school grow and prosper over the years. I look forward to serving the Cavalier Family in this capacity and leading us to bigger and better things in the future.”

In making the announcement, Superintendent Dr. Andy Bryan said, “I have the utmost confidence in Molly and Shannon’s ability to lead their respective schools. They each bring a wealth of experience within the district, including years of administrative leadership. More importantly, Molly and Shannon both have a passion for education and ensuring a path of success for children as they move beyond Lee County Schools.”