Superintendent Announced

Dr. Catherine R. (“Cate”) Gentry has been unanimously selected by the Thomasville City Schools Board
of Education to serve as the Superintendent of Schools where she has been the Acting Interim since
February 2018.


Dr. Gentry has been in education in NC for 23 years. She is a graduate of Clemson University where she
received an undergraduate degree in English Education with a minor in Political Science. She was
awarded the Norris Medal as Clemson's outstanding graduate and was a member and leader of multiple
campus organizations. Gentry began her teaching career at Griffin Middle School in Guilford County as a
7th grade language arts and social studies teacher. In 1996 she moved into a teaching position at Carver
High School in Winston Salem where she taught all levels of English over her 6 years at the school. She
also served as a coach/assistant athletic director and sponsor of multiple clubs. During her time at
Carver, Dr. Gentry completed her Master's degree in School Administration at UNCG and scores in
writing and English II moved from 34% to 72% proficient. She was named assistant principal at Central
Davidson Middle School in 2000 and was made principal of that school in 2002. In 2005 she was named
principal at West Davidson High School. During Dr. Gentry's time at both Central Davidson and West
Davidson steady growth in all data areas was made. In 2012, Dr. Gentry was named principal of
Davidson Early College and served students from Davidson County, Lexington City and Thomasville City
Schools. The school was consistently ranked as a top NC High School by US News and World Report and
led the district in performance data, with a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate. In 2015-2016,
Gentry completed her doctorate work at High Point University and began her tenure as Chief Academic
Officer for the Thomasville City Schools. In September 2017, Gentry was named The Chief Operations
Officer for TCS. During her 3 years with the Thomasville City Schools, Gentry has built positive
relationships with staff, students and the community. She is committed to the school system and will
diligently work continuing to support students, parents, staff members, and community stakeholders in
an effort to increase opportunities for student success throughout the entire district.

Dr. Gentry will continue to build upon positive strides the district has made while reviewing, realigning,
and refocusing on critical areas of need. Dr. Gentry will guide staff preparations for positive outcomes
with a renewed purpose for an effective academic year beginning with the opening of school in August
2018. “There are many fantastic opportunities for students and teachers in the Thomasville district; said
Gentry. “I welcome these opportunities while also accepting the challenges the district possesses. I am
grateful for the excellent Thomasville team and will be honored to partner and lead Bulldog Nation as
the Superintendent of Schools.”


“The Thomasville City Board of Education has the utmost confidence in Dr. Gentry and her ability to
lead the school district as Superintendent. The knowledge and skills she has developed at each stage of
her career makes her a conspicuous choice to lead Thomasville City Schools.”

“She is a pragmatic school administrator with a passion for teaching, learning and for all students.”