Smallwood promoted to superintendent

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 11, 2006

GATESVILLE – Dr. Zenobia Smallwood was introduced as the next Gates County School Superintendent at the Board of Education’s regularly scheduled meeting last Monday night.

Dr. Smallwood succeeds Dr. Robert Hahne, who is retiring after 38 years in public education. The change becomes effective on July 1.

Dr. Smallwood currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Gates County Schools.

“I am definitely excited about the opportunity and excited about working with the faculty, staff, students, parents and the community to continue making sure that the students of Gates County receive the education they need to compete in the an ever-changing world.” Dr. Smallwood said.

“I want to congratulate Dr. Smallwood and there will be a cooperative effort to ensure that the transition is handled smoothly and professionally. She will do a fine job,” commented Dr. Hahne.

Smallwood is a native of Gates County and attended Gates County public schools. Since 1978, she has served in a variety of roles in the school system, beginning with work as a teacher’s assistant at Buckland Elementary for nine years. While working at Buckland, Dr. Smallwood earned her undergraduate degree from Elizabeth City State University.

After earning her degree, she worked for one year in the Hertford County School system, her only job outside Gates County, before returning as a fourth grade teacher at T.S. Cooper Elementary school. During her three years at T.S. Cooper, Dr. Smallwood earned the masters designation in education from East Carolina University.

Dr. Smallwood began working in the Central Office in 1992 as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. While serving in that role, Dr. Smallwood earned a doctoral degree from Virginia Tech University.

She was named Assistant Superintendent in 2003 before earning the promotion to Superintendent.

“I look forward to working closely with member of the Board of Education to benefit the students and citizens of Gates County,” Dr. Smallwood commented.