Knightdale High School Administration

Principal

Dr. Jim Argent

Phone: (919) 217-5350

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Doctorate of Education - East Carolina University 2012 Master of School Administration - North Carolina State University 2003 Master of Education - East Carolina University 1994 Bachelor of Education - East Carolina University 1992

Dr. Jim Argent

Dr. Argent received his BA at East Carolina University, as well as his first Master's Degree. He received his MA in School Administration at North Carolina State University and earned his doctorate at East Carolina University.

A former Physical Education teacher and Curriculum Coordinator, Dr. Argent was named principal of Knightdale High School in 2014. He led the school through a redesign process during the 2014-2015 school year to become Knightdale High School of Collaborative Design. Dr. Argent opened Lake Myra Elementary School in 2009 and was a principal at Swift Creek Elementary School. Dr. Argent is married to Kristen, an AG teacher at Abbots Creek Elementary and has two children, Delaney and Kieran. The family also has a wonderful terrier named S'Mores. Dr. Argent loves traveling, reading, cooking, spending time with the family, and about any sport you can think of. He is also an avid theater fan!

Assistant Principal for Instruction

Mrs. Liz Stevenson

Phone: (919) 217-5350

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Master of School Administration - East Carolina University Teaching Certification Arts Education K-12 – Meredith College Bachelor of Arts Graphic Design & Illustration – Western Connecticut State University

Mrs. Liz Stevenson

Mrs. Stevenson began her career in education in 2000.  Her fourteen years of service as a Wake County high school teacher included Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Instructor, Department Chair, and Professional Learning Team leader.  She joined the Knightdale administration team in 2014 and currently serves as assistant principal for instruction.  She is proud to work with an amazing team of teachers, staff and students who are committed to creating a Culture of Excellence at Knightdale High School of Collaborative Design!  Mrs. Stevenson enjoys traveling, backpacking, reading, watching movies, and just plain hanging out with her husband, two children and three cats.

Assistant Principal

Mr. Donti Coats

Phone: (919) 217-5350

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. Communications Media and Production- The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill M. Ed School Counseling - Cambridge College M.A. Executive Leadership Studies - Gardner Webb University

Mr. Donti Coats

I was born and raised in the Tidewater area of Virginia. As a three sport athlete at Oscar Smith High School, I was highly recruited by numerous Division 1 universities. I chose and received a full athletic scholarship to attend The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where I graduated in 2003 with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication. After returning to Chesapeake, Virginia and working in education as a special programs teacher assistant, I decided to enroll at Cambridge College in pursuit of a Masters of Education degree (completed in 2010). My family and I decided to move to Wake County in 2011 when I was offered and accepted a school counselor position at Athens Drive High School. I furthered my education by attending Gardner Webb University, where I earned my second Masters degree in Educational Leadership School Administration in 2017. As an assistant principal of Knightdale High School of Collaborative Design, I am incredibly excited to be a member of the Knight family and eager to contribute to the Knightdale Community.

Assistant Principal

Ms. Hilda de Leon

Phone: (919) 217-5350

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. in Curriculum & Instruction, Texas A&M M.S. in Educational Administration, Texas A&M Spanish Language Certification K-12, University of Texas ESL Certification K-12, University of Texas

Ms. Hilda de Leon

Ms. Hilda de Leon was a classroom teacher for 18 years & an elementary school principal for 2 years before joining Knightdale High School of Collaborative Design in 2014. She taught 1st & 2nd grades & later taught middle and high school Spanish & ESL courses. Her love of travel took her to Southeast Asia where she taught English for 2 years in Malaysia. During her time as an overseas teacher, she enjoyed exciting excursions to Japan, Bali, Borneo, Singapore, Thailand, & Australia. In addition to traveling & meeting people from all over the world, she is passionate about working with educators, students, parents, & our community in the spirit of building positive relationships to impact student success & achievement.

 

Assistant Principal

Mrs. Stacy Reel

Phone: (919) 217-5350

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

*Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education with a minor in English and Communication Skills - University of North Carolina at Charlotte; *Masters degree in School Administration - Grand Canyon University;

Mrs. Stacy Reel

"Ms. Reel has 9 years of teaching experience in the high school Special Program settings of: English and Math Inclusion, Occupational Course of Study, Intellectually Disabled - Severe, and the Autistic classrooms, as well as serving two years as an Assistant Principal at a previous high school."

Assistant Principal

Mr. Nick Taylor

Phone: (919) 217-5350

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

BS Elementary Education from Keene State College MAT from Sacred Heart University MSA NC State

Mr. Nick Taylor

Mr. Taylor has been in education since 2002. He spent the first nine years of his career as a third grade teacher in Wilton, CT. Following this Mr. Taylor moved to Wake County and taught 5th grade at Lake Myra before coming to Knightdale High School of Collaborative Design in 2014. Mr. Taylor's leadership style is based on building meaningful relationships with staff and students in order to empower them to drive the mission and vision of the school. He is student centered and often uses the phrase, “What’s best for kids.” Building strong relationships with staff and students has allowed Mr. Taylor to challenge them to do things outside their comfort zone that help them grow and be successful.