Mr. Ward served as Principal for SCALE-Greensboro School for Guilford County Schools since 2016. During his tenure, Mr. Ward developed a highly functioning professional learning community and led the school in the implementation process for Restorative Practices, an approach that fosters a safe learning environment through community building and constructive conflict resolution. As a result, there has been a major decrease in school infractions and a higher morale amongst the student body, and staff. The school’s dropout rate decreased by 35% (50% to 15%) under his leadership while student achievement scores are on a steady rise.
Before serving as Principal at SCALE, Mr. Ward was an Assistant Principal at Northern Guilford High School, serving over 1,600 students, where he was an integral strategist behind the school’s improved academic programming. In his final year as a member of the team, Northern Guilford exceeded expected academic growth, with 75.4% of students scoring a 17 or higher on the ACT. The graduation rate was over 95%, and the school’s performance grade was an 86, an A+NG rating on the NC Report Card. Overall, as an Assistant Principal, he worked with the Principal and teaching staff to implement accountability measures that resulted in a 21% increase in the school’s overall performance composite. Additionally, Mr. Ward worked with staff to implement the school’s character development plan, provided leadership and direction to ensure integrity throughout the school’s athletic department and was responsible for all state and district level testing within the building. Mr. Ward fostered family and community partnerships by hosting parent forums, walk-the-schedule nights, report card distribution nights, curriculum nights, and career fairs. In total, he has served as an administrator for eight years. He has also served as a Middle School Social Studies Specialist and was a Social Studies Teacher for seven years where he served on the leadership team, and schoolwide mentor. Mr. Ward holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Liberty University.
We are very excited for Mr. Ward to join our community and are confident he will build upon the strengths of our school. Through his fifteen years in education, Mr. Ward has demonstrated a commitment, not only to education, but to developing school culture where all students can be successful.
Ms. Wade has dedicated over 18 years of her life to educating and inspiring students in NC. During her tenure, she has served as Classroom Teacher, School Counselor, Communities in Schools coordinator, Athletic Director, and Coach. She is a graduate of East Carolina University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and Capella University and has her masters in both school counseling and educational leadership (school administration). Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends and camping. She has been a proud member of the Carolina Phoenix Women’s Tackle football team for more than eight years, and has won a world championship with the Carolina Phoenix. She is a proud mom of three children. Ms. Wade enjoys making lasting impacts for all students, and can be found daily in the halls of PCHS meeting the needs of our students.
Ken Free Jr.
Ken Free, Jr. has been with PCHS since the beginning in 2015. He is entering his third year as the schools Director of Athletic. Along with athletics, Coach Free also teaches logic and is the head boy varsity basketball coach. Since becoming AD, PCHS athletics has grown with 11 varsity programs for girls and boys. The school has also earn four state championship titles in Volleyball, Swimming, Track and Field and Boys Basketball which repeated as state champs this past year. Coach Free is a graduate of Page High School in Greensboro; received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina A&T State University in Economics and then graduated from North Carolina Central University School of Law. He is married to Michelle Fletcher, a current district court judge in Guilford County, and they have one son, Kenneth Free, III (Trey).
Director of School Operations
Ms. Jackson has been an educator for over 30 years and currently working on her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She has an extensive background in educational research and evaluation as well as administration, with over 14 years as an administrator in urban and inner city schools. She has also served at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for nearly 4 years with a focus on professional development and supporting low performing schools and districts in the North Central and Northeast regions. Her strengths also include, school finance and budgeting, curriculum and instructional design, assessment and data analysis and coaching support for teachers and administrators.