Shelton Jefferies, executive director for the Achievement Zone, has been named principal of West Charlotte High School.

Jefferies began his career with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 1997 as a third-grade teacher at Eastover Elementary. He later was named assistant principal at Winding Springs Elementary.

In 2004 he became principal of First Ward Elementary and in 2007 was named director of the Achievement Zone, a collection of high-poverty schools with historically low test scores.

At West Charlotte High, Jefferies will replace John Modest, who leaves this summer to become a regional superintendent for Guilford County Schools. Modest was credited with improving test scores at West Charlotte.

“As an executive director, Mr. Jefferies has worked with principals and staff to improve instruction at the elementary, middle and high school levels,” said Area Superintendent Curtis Carroll.

Jefferies holds a bachelor’s degree from East Stroudsburg University (Pennsylvania) as well as a master’s degree in elementary education and an educational specialist degree in administration and supervision from Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C. He currently is completing his doctorate in educational leadership at the UNC Charlotte.

Jefferies will begin his position July 1. He will report to Carroll, area superintendent for the Achievement Zone.

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