Assistant Superintendents and Officers

  •  Photo of Joe Desormeaux, Assistant Superintendent Assistant Superintendent for Facilities 
    Joe Desormeaux |

    Joe Desormeaux became assistant superintendent for facilities in 2009, after serving as senior director of maintenance and operations from 2001. From 1997 to 2001 he held facility maintenance director and operations and maintenance director positions in the United States Air Force at Kelly AFB in Texas.

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  • Jacqueline B. Ellis  

    Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
    Jacqueline B. Ellis |

    Ms. Jacqueline (Jackie) Boyd Ellis became the assistant superintendent for Human Resources on June 1, 2017. Prior to returning to Wake County Public Schools, she served as the assistant superintendent of Middle School (6-8) Teaching, Learning, and Leadership in the Durham Public School System (DPS). In addition, Jackie was the western area superintendent in the Wake County Public School System (2011 - 2014) and the middle school director (2007), an assistant superintendent of Human Resources in DPS, and a middle and high school principal in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School System. Jackie earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in middle grades education at East Carolina University and a Masters of School Administration (M.S.A.) degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Throughout her education career, Jackie earned several notable scholarships and awards, namely, the North Carolina Teaching Fellow Scholarship(1987), North Carolina Principal Fellows Scholarship (1998), and the 2005-2006 Chapel Hill-Carrboro Principal of the Year.


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  •  Photo of Karen Hamilton, Assistant Superintendent Assistant Superintendent of Special Education Services
    Karen Hamilton |

    Karen Hamilton was named Assistant Superintendent for Special Education Services in February 2013. Prior to joining WCPSS she worked as a special education teacher in Hoke and Cumberland Counties in North Carolina and in Bethlehem, Pa. Before returning to special education, Karen had previously worked in a number of central level positions in WCPSS Special Education Services from 1990 to 1998. She also served as principal of Longview School from 1998 to 2007 before returning to Central Services as Director for Counseling and Student Services until 2013.

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  •  Photo of Bradley McMillen, Assistant Superintendent Assistant Superintendent for Data, Research, and Accountability
    Bradley McMillen |

    After receiving his Masters and PhD in Education from the University of North Carolina, Dr. McMillen has held research and evaluation positions at both the state and local school district level since 1999. He has served in leadership roles for professional organizations related to educational research and assessment at the state and national level, including the North Carolina Association for Research in Education and the Directors of Research and Evaluation. Dr. McMillen has given numerous presentations to professional and community groups and published studies on a number of education topics, including school size, year-round schools, the achievement gap, and equity issues in course placements and related student outcomes.

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  • Dr. Rodney Trice Assistant Superintendent for Equity Affairs
    Dr. Rodney Trice |

    Dr. Rodney Trice was named Assistant Superintendent for Equity Affairs in July 2014. Prior to joining WCPSS, he served as Executive Director for Curriculum, Instruction & Technology and later Associate Superintendent for Student & School Services and Equity Oversight with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Dr. Trice has served in leadership roles for professional organizations focused on educational equity at the state and national level, and has led numerous workshops for schools and districts around the country on promoting equity in education. Dr. Trice graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Morehouse College (Atlanta, Ga). He received a Masters in School Leadership from the University of Detroit Mercy and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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  •  Photo of Mark Winters, Finance Officer Finance Officer
    Mark Winters |

    Mark Winters became WCPSS's finance officer in 2000. His previous service to the school system's accounting department includes senior director from 1998, director from 1992, associate director in 1992, and accounting supervisor in 1991. Before joining the school system he was controller of Caroline Management Corporation.

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  • Photo of Brian Kingsley, Assistant Superintendent

    Assistant Superintendent for Academics
    Brian Kingsley |


    Brian Kingsley is a strategic public school champion who is passionate, innovative, and visionary with proven results in improving student achievement. He is an expert in closing the achievement gap with at-risk students, curriculum and instruction, building community support and engagement. He is a dynamic leader in the development of creative programs that positively impact school enrollment, public trust and confidence with all community stakeholders.

    Prior to joining WCPSS in September 2015, he was formerly the Acting Chief Academic Officer and Executive Director of Instruction & Interventions for Broward County Public Schools in Florida.  He served several other key roles in Broward and was recognized as the Florida Middle School Principal of the Year in 2014 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

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