Meghan LeFevers, the assistant principal at Bessemer City High School (BCHS) in North Carolina, champions educational equity at every turn. LeFevers strives to make sure all students are included in educational opportunities, regardless of their special needs or disabilities. She worked with the district’s Alternative Education Hearing Panel to facilitate a transition process to the inclusion model for students in “Exceptional Children” (EC) programs, which in North Carolina cover students with different educational needs at both ends of the spectrum, including those with physical, mental or social challenges as well as gifted students. Inspired by a student with autism with whom she worked closely in the past, LeFevers served on the district’s parent advisory board for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Exceptional Children’s Division and has volunteered for organizations that help students with disabilities participate in athletics.
LeFevers, who taught math to at-risk middle school students before moving into administration, is keenly interested in data, curriculum and instruction. When she arrived at BCHS, a high-poverty school about 25 miles west of Charlotte, only 5% of Math I students reached proficiency on year-end assessments. LeFevers stepped into the math department’s professional learning community, meeting weekly with teachers to coach them on pacing and instruction. By the end of the 2016-17 school year, the Math I proficiency rate at BCHS had risen to 32%. LeFevers encourages students to chart their own data so they can track their individual growth.
A leader in the district and her community, LeFevers served on the district superintendent’s Leadership Cohort, delivered a keynote address at the 2017 Annual Inclusion Conference at Winthrop University and presented at the 2017 Conference on Educational Leadership in Greensboro. She helped create a master schedule to pair students with the best teachers for their learning styles and developed a schoolwide learning plan that included personalized feedback and interventions for every student. LeFevers works as the school’s public relations liaison, sharing news and student accomplishments on social media. She hails from a family of educators; her mother retired from Gaston County Schools after more than three decades in education.
LeFevers holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Appalachian State University (2007) and a master’s in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2014).
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