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Meghan LeFevers (NC '17)

Gaston County Schools Director For Exceptional Children

Gaston County Schools
Gastonia, NC

At the time of the Award, Meghan LeFevers was:

Assistant Principal
Bessemer City High School
Bessemer City, NC


Biographical Information

Meghan LeFevers, Gaston County Schools Director for Exceptional Children, 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 developed a program that allows students with Autism to be included in a regular classroom environment with the aid of research based supports., She has worked with all levels of exceptional children, 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 Gaston County Schools 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%.Once becoming a principal at Tryon Elementary, LeFevers is most proud of the development of her DEN Program. This is a program designed to include students with Autism with their neurotypical peers in Kindergarten and travel with the DEN family of students through 5th grade.  To date, no student with Autism in the DEN program has been suspended from school and one has exited EC Services. 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. To date, she has presented at over 200 conferences such as NASSP Principal Conference, Visible Learning, and Model Schools. 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).


Personal Message

Through working with students, I have learned that all students have the potential and ability to learn if we are able build relationships with them. It is my hope to continue advocating for all students to have a quality teacher in their classroom everyday.


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Meghan LeFevers In The News

Letters by Former Gaston County Students Part of 9/11 Display in Washington
The Gaston Gazette  |  USA Today Network  |  Sep 10, 2021  |  Gastonia, NC

Charlotte-Area School Teacher Gets Surprise Of Lifetime
Charlotte Patch  |  Dec 19, 2017  |  Charlotte, NC

Gaston County assistant principal gets $25,000 worth of respect from Milken Award
The Charlotte Observer  |  Dec 18, 2017  |  Charlotte, NC

Bessemer City assistant principal wins national honor
The Gaston Gazette  |  Dec 18, 2017  |  Bessemer City, NC

Bessemer City assistant principal wins national honor
The Shelby Star  |  Dec 18, 2017  |  Bessemer City, NC

Additional Information

Degrees/Certifications

Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education

NC State Assistant Principal of the Year

What Every Administrator Needs to Know About Exceptional Children Services

Masters of School Administration, UNC- Charlotte

Through Their Lens: Building School Wide Capacity for Teaching Students in Poverty


Publications/Presentations

I See You: Instructional and Behavioral Strategies that Promote Inclusive Practices

How to Survive Your First Year of Teaching

So Your Students Have Behaviors?


Awards/Honors

North Carolina Teaching Fellows

North Carolina Principal Fellows


Groups/Affiliations

NC PAPA

NASSP

Council for Exceptional Children


Expertise
Math, Science, Administration

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