About Our Superintendent
About Our Superintendent
Dr. Lynn P. Moody
E3 - Extraordinary Education Every Day is the motto for the Rowan-Salisbury Schools under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody. Within months of taking the helm as Superintendent in October of 2013, Dr. Moody quickly pulled together district administrators, teachers, students and parents, along with community and business leaders, to determine a new direction for the district that included a comprehensive strategic plan, a new logo, and a new vision. Dr. Moody leads a district of 20,000 students, 3,000 employees, 35 schools and manages a budget of approximately $170 million. The demographics for Rowan-Salisbury include a diverse student population with a challenging 63% district-wide poverty rate.
Dr. Moody wasted no time being ‘on the move’ to begin implementing an aggressive three-year strategic plan. The focus is to significantly improve Literacy ensuring that every child is reading at grade level and to significantly increase Student Engagement through Digital Conversion, Problem-Based Learning and Collaboration among teachers and students. Ask any district employee about CCRP and you will learn how classroom instruction is making the sharp transformational turn into providing students with instruction that is Collaborative, Connected, Relevant and Personalized.
Dr. Moody launched a comprehensive Literacy Framework during the summer of 2014 that unifies Reading and Literacy across the district. Being a transient community with many students often moving from school to school within the district, the Literacy Framework aims to eliminate transition gaps and to ensure that students continue to move forward in learning. A new district Literacy Coach Coordinator, along with a Literacy/Reading coach at each school, was put into place to support teachers in making the transformation. The Literacy Framework provides teachers with a resource that is constantly updated with new information.
Shortly after the Board of Education approved the new strategic plan in the spring of 2014, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a three-year digital conversion contract that placed a new MacBook Air laptop and/or an iPad into the hands of every student in grades 3-12. In addition, each teacher received a new MacBook Air laptop to compliment student devices. Dr. Moody accomplished this amazing feat through total teamwork in repurposing funds without requesting additional resources from county commissioners. This teaching and learning tool is changing the culture of our community as well as our schools. Students are now engaged with the technology devices at home as well as at school.
Innovative Professional Development
Through determination and creative resources, Dr. Moody believes in professional development for all staff is critical in moving the district forward. For the second consecutive year, several charter busses will carry educators and technology facilitators to ISTE. Through grant funding principals have traveled to “go and see” achieving school districts across the United States to gain first-hand knowledge of how to make the change happen at their schools. Educators sponsor ‘in house’ professional development for teachers through district-sponsored annual PBL Institutes, Back-To-School Teacher Conferences and our one-of-a kind twice-monthly Twitter Chats where educators share best practices. Dr. Moody continued the opportunity for professional development with non-certified staff by hosting an “E3 Culture Lunch” based on the book, “Question Behind the Question.” All staff were gifted the book a head of time and worked together to create action plans on their part in moving the strategic plan forward.
Through Dr. Moody’s distinguished leadership, she is recognized across the nation for the innovation and change that is taking place in the Rowan-Salisbury Schools. Dr. Moody has been invited to participate in discussion panels and/or to lead sessions at national conferences such as the Superintendents Leadership Network, ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) and the Superintendents Digital Transition Symposium. Through these opportunities, Dr. Moody has “shined the light” on Rowan-Salisbury Schools and Rowan County by bringing attention to the exciting transformation and positive changes happening in our community and district. These changes have resulted in recruiting highly qualified and well know leaders to become part of our team, including the National Digital Principal of the Year.
Background And Family
Before coming to Rowan-Salisbury, Dr. Moody served as Superintendent for the Rock Hill School District in South Carolina for seven years. Dr. Moody has held the positions of teacher, counselor, coach and administrator. She has worked in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. She is a native of Ruffin, North Carolina, where both parents were educators.
Dr. Moody received her undergraduate and master's degrees from N.C. State University and her Doctorate of Education from Nova Southeastern University.
Proud of her family, Dr. Moody is married to Wayne Moody, a senior vice-president with HDR Engineering. They have two grown sons, Brad and Hunter. She enjoys sports, reading and spending time with her family.
In a job that is always demanding, one of Dr. Moody's biggest challenges is determining a balanced budget that maintains the integrity of the classroom. In addition, her biggest goal for her staff is to ensure that “Extraordinary Education Every Day” occurs for every single child every single day. To quote Dr. Moody,