2013 George N. Parks Leadership in Education Award Recipient: Dr. Barry Shepherd
Congratulations to Dr. Barry Shepherd, Superintendent of Cabarrus County Schools in North Carolina who is the 2013 recipient of the George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education award.
received the award during the opening finals ceremonies at the 2013 Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha on November 16.
About Dr. Barry Shepherd
Since joining Cabarrus County Schools in February 2008, Dr. Barry Shepherd has led the school system through some of its most challenging and exciting times.
tenure, the school system has seen unprecedented reductions in funding.
Yet, Cabarrus County Schools
has continued to thrive thanks to Shepherd
, who has successfully advocated for placing value on "people rather than things."
Despite the challenging economy, student enrollment for Cabarrus County Schools
has continued to grow - resulting in the need for more schools.
has the led the school system through the construction of five new school buildings, as well as numerous academic and educational programs including magnet schools at Coltrane-Webb Elementary and J.N. Fries Middle, Central Cabarrus and Concord High Schools
, the Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School
, Language Immersion
at Furr Elementary School, and the Mary Frances Wall Center
, a preschool for children with special needs.
direction, Cabarrus County Schools'
students are making strides on end-of-year assessments, the graduation rate has increased and the school system has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant funding.
Dr. Shepherd also is leading the school system in its focus on global education.
Through a partnership with the Center for International Understanding at the University of North Carolina
, Cabarrus County Schools
is among several school districts across the state participating in Confucius Classrooms.
Through this program, Cabarrus County Schools'
teachers and administrators have visited schools in China to learn about Chinese education and as part of a reciprocal agreement.
Prior to joining Cabarrus County Schools, Dr. Shepherd served as superintendent of Elkin City Schools and as assistant superintendent in Mooresville Graded School District.
Dr. Shepherd is a native of Wilkes County, N.C., and has held administrative positions in Iredell-Statesville Schools, Lexington City Schools and Thomasville City Schools.
He is a graduate of Appalachian State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in music education and a Master of Arts degree in educational leadership.
He received his Doctor of Education degree in education from Columbia University in New York.
is married to Laura Shepherd.