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Ivry Cheeks Named Asheville City Schools’ Career & Technical Education Director

A familiar face to the Cougar Family has been selected as Asheville City Schools’ next Career and Technical Education Director.  Asheville Primary School’s current assistant principal, Dr. Ivry Cheeks will begin her new role as the CTE Department’s lead on July 1st. 

     “I’m excited about going back to the high school,” said Cheeks. “This is my fifth year in Asheville City Schools, and I want everyone to know I’m committed to the district,  committed to giving it 110%, and I do consider you all my family.” 

    Cheeks has been in education since 1991. 

     She began her career in CTE as a Family Consumer Science teacher.  In 1996, Cheeks became that district's Lead School Counselor at Forsyth County Schools. She moved to Stokes County Schools in 2005 to serve as their Senior Counselor before becoming the Ninth Grade Transition Counselor for Chapel Hill - Carrboro City Schools in 2008. She implemented several programs as a counselor to increase the graduation rate and decrease the number of disciplinary referrals with a focus on restorative practices in the learning environment. 

     In 2009, she was promoted to assistant principal at Chapel Hill - Carrboro City Schools and worked in a traditional and alternative school. Cheeks became the principal for the Title 1 high school in Washington County Schools in 2013.  In 2016, she moved to Randolph Community College in Asheboro, NC, becoming its High School Career Coach while finishing up her dissertation that focused on creating a career readiness program for high school juniors in a rural community. 

     Dr. Cheeks joined the Cougar Family in 2017 and is currently the assistant principal at Asheville Primary School. 

    Cheeks earned a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics Education as well as her master’s degree with a focus on Student Personnel and Counselor Education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She received her post master's certificate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her doctorate from East Carolina University in 2018.

    During her time in Asheville City Schools, Dr. Cheeks has also served as a lead educator in implementing the district’s social and emotional learning framework.  Additionally, she has been part of the District School Safety Council and School Health Advisory Council as well as a Testing Coordinator. 

     When asked about her new position, Cheeks said, “I originally started in the district as an [Asheville High School] assistant principal, so it’s like going back home.” 

     “I’ve had the chance to work with younger students and see what they need; however, through my previous experiences, I also know all students need to have meaningful connections to feel successful.  It doesn't stop when they go to high school,” she added.  “In my new role, I want students to feel like this is home.” 

     When Cheeks is not at school, she enjoys spending time with her family. She’s the proud mom to Kelsey, a recent graduate from Meredith College who just earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology.  Additionally, Cheeks enjoys volunteering and giving back to her community.  

     “I’ve been blessed and I love being a blessing,” she said.