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District Leadership

Dr. Kim Elliott, Superintendent

Superintendent Dr. Kim Elliott

Dr. Elliott's career began in 1987 when she taught adult education at a local community college. She then transitioned to a K-8 environment where she taught elementary education, special education, arts education, K-2 continuous progress primary, and middle school students. After her time in the classroom, she served as a school-based assistant principal and principal and then assumed the role of Regional Consultant and Teacher Recruitment/Retention Specialist with the NC Department of Public Instruction. She has served two school systems as the K-12 Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and two systems as Assistant Superintendent supporting all departments.

Dr. Elliott was named Director of Rural Education and Teacher Recruitment at WCU in 2005 where she was able to pursue her research interests in teacher recruitment, college access, science education, and educational interventions for students. Dr. Elliott received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 1986, Master of School Administration in 2001, Educational Specialist Degree in 2002, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2008, all from Appalachian State University. She has also studied at UNC-Charlotte, Alverno College in Wisconsin, and Western Carolina University.

Dr. Elliott is focused on student success and educational interventions partnered with professional learning communities. She is relationship-driven and believes strongly in the use of collaboration with families and communities to create school systems of excellence.

Jacob Buchanan, Assistant Superintendent

Assistant Superintendent, Jacob Buchanan

Mr. Buchanan began his educational career in 2001 teaching social studies at Smoky Mountain High School.  He became assistant principal at Scotts Creek School in 2010.  He served the district as director of middle and secondary education in 2012 prior to becoming principal at Smoky Mountain High School in 2013.  Under his leadership, Smoky Mountain moved into the top 5% of high schools in North Carolina in both academic growth and graduation rate.

Mr. Buchanan completed his Bachelor’s Degree in History from King College in 1999.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education Social Studies in 2001 and a Master’s Degree in School Administration in 2009 from Western Carolina University.  In 2017, he received an Education Specialist Degree from Clemson University and will complete his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Clemson in 2019.

Mr. Buchanan received National Board Certification in 2005.  He was selected as the Jackson County Teacher of the Year in 2007 and the Jackson County Principal of the Year in 2015.  He became assistant superintendent in June 2018.

Superintendent Dr. Kim Elliott said, "Mr. Buchanan is a true asset to Jackson County Public Schools.  He shares my vision for safe schools and excellence in teaching and learning.  Mr. Buchanan cares deeply about students and their success.  Students have always come first and will continue to do so in Jackson County."
 

Directors & Coordinators

Dr. Kevin Bailey

Executive Director of Human Resources
Dr. Kevin Bailey
Executive Director of Human Resources
 
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Grievances
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Beginning Teachers
  • Personnel Records
  • Title IX
  • District Athletics
  • Contracts


(828) 586-2311 ext. 1925
kbailey@jcpsmail.org

Laura Cabe

School Nutrition Director
Laura Cabe
School Nutrition Director

  • Food Production & Service
  • Purchasing & Contracting
  • Equipment & Facility Management
  • Federal Compliance Monitoring
(828) 586-2311 ext. 1936
lcabe@jcpsmail.org

Sarah Davis

Student Data Coordinator
Sarah Davis
Student Data Coordinator

  • Student Data Management
  • Federal & State Compliance Reporting
  • Transcripts
(828) 586-2311 ext. 1932
sdavis@jcpsmail.org

Angie Dills

Chief Academic Officer
Angie Dills
Chief Academic Officer
 
  • Director of Career/Technical, Middle & Secondary Education
  • Curriculum, Grades 6-12 & CTE
  • College & Career Readiness
  • STEM
  • Title II
  • School Improvement
  • Impact Aid & Indian Education
  • Beginning Teachers

(828) 586-2311 ext. 1954
adills@jcpsmail.org

Laura Dills

Director of Elementary Education
Laura Dills
Director of Elementary Education

  • Elementary Curriculum
  • Title I
  • Title II
  • Title III/LEP
  • AIG
  • Homeless
  • Beginning Teachers
(828) 586-2311 ext. 1950
ldills@jcpsmail.org

Kelly Doppke

Director of Student Support Services
Kelly Doppke
Director of Student Support Services

  • Exceptional Children
  • School Counselors
  • School Nurses
  • School Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • 504 Compliance
(828) 586-2311 ext. 1928
kdoppke@jcpsmail.org

Adam Holt

Director of Testing & Accountability
Adam Holt
Director of Testing & Accountability

  • EOG/EOC Testing
  • NCFE, ACT
  • MTSS
  • Benchmark Assessments
  • Compliance Monitoring
  • SchoolNet
(828) 586-2311 ext. 1940
aholt@jcpsmail.org

Mark Hooper

Transportation Director
Mark Hooper
Transportation Director

  • Routing
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Driver & Vehicle Assignment
  • Driver Education
(828) 586-2311 ext. 1802
mhooper@jcpsmail.org

Jeremiah Jackson

Chief Technology Officer
Jeremiah Jackson
Chief Technology Officer
 
  • Network Operations & Infrastructure
  • Network Applications & Related Services
  • Digital Learning Initiatives
  • Purchasing & Inventory
  • Technical Support

(828) 586-2311 ext. 1947
jjackson@jcpsmail.org

David Proffitt

Chief Communications Officer

David Proffitt
Chief Communications Officer

  • Public Information
  • Communication Strategies
  • Media Relations
  • Content Development
  • Media Production

(828) 586-2311 ext. 1937
dproffitt@jcpsmail.org

Jason Watson

Director of Operations & Logistics