Bivins named interim principal for Chatham Middle School


PITTSBORO — Dr. Emily Bivins has been named interim principal of Chatham Middle School. She will transition to her new role on Monday, Jan. 2.

Bivins has been a teacher, a school administrator and a central office administrator. She is the former principal at Frank Porter Graham Bilingüe, an elementary dual language (English-Spanish) school in Chapel Hill. She has been a principal for 15 years in dual language schools, and previously been a central office administrator and primary teacher in several rural and suburban areas of North Carolina. 

Bivins holds a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University, a master’s from Elon University and UNC-Chapel Hill and a doctorate from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has contributed to several books and is an active blogger about dual-language leadership. She also serves as an adjunct professor at East Carolina University in educational leadership.

Bivins was named Principal of the Year for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in 2018 and has been recognized for her work in bilingual education in a variety of publications and conferences.

“I believe education is the equalizer in our society. Every student deserves to have the highest quality experience for learning,” Bivins said. “I look forward to supporting Chatham Middle School during this transition and I am excited to be a part of the Chatham County Schools’ community.” 

Chatham County Schools Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson said he was excited to have Dr. Bivins at the helm. 

“The skills Dr. Bivens brings to her new role will enable Chatham Middle School to continue to grow and progress,” he said. “Her expertise is valued and will benefit the students and staff at Chatham Middle.”

Bivins succeeds Chad Morgan, who resigned his position earlier this year to pursue other opportunities.