County school board approves new leadership team at Randleman Elementary

ASHEBORO — The Randolph County Board of Education, at its regular business meeting Monday, made significant appointments to the leadership of Randleman Elementary School. A new principal, along with two part-time interim assistant principals, received appointments from the board.

Shawn Shoptaw, the current Assistant Principal of Randleman Elementary School, was promoted to Principal, effective January 10, 2024. Shoptaw holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Auburn University (1997), a Master’s in School Administration from Western Carolina University (2018), an MBA from Texas A&M University (2000) and a certification in Technology Education from N.C. A&T State University (2004). He is licensed as a Principal as well as Middle Grades Technology and Marketing Education. Shoptaw’s career spans various roles, including teaching positions at Alamance-Burlington School System and Alamance Community College, and administrative roles within Randolph County School System since 2019.

Shoptaw replaces Ashley Barr who was previously appointed director of K-5 Instruction, Title I, Pre-K and day care. Barr had been principal at Randleman Elementary since 2019 and was named Randolph County Schools Principal of the Year in 2023.

The board made two part-time, interim appointments to fill the assistance principal role. Retirees Jo Glidewell and Debbie Sheron, were appointed as Interim 50% Assistant Principals at Randleman Elementary School. Both will begin work effective from January 10. Glidewell’s appointment will end February 29, 2024 and Sheron will serve through the end of the current school year.

Glidewell, an alumnus of High Point University and N.C. A&T, has a background in elementary education and reading. Her experience includes serving as Lead Teacher, Principal, and Assistant Principal in various schools within the Randolph County School System, as well as earlier roles in social services and as a teacher assistant.

Sheron’s educational qualifications include a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the UNC Greensboro, a Masters in School Administration from Western Carolina University and licensure in Gifted Education from High Point University. Her prior experience includes roles as Principal, Assistant Principal, Lead Teacher, and Gifted Education Teacher in various schools within the Randolph County School System.

By Randolph Record