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Senior Leaders

Ashton Clemmons - Assistant Superintendent

Ashton Wheeler Clemmons, Ed.S. ; looks forward to continuing her career in education as Assistant Superintendent of Thomasville City Schools!  She most recently served as school principal of Brooks Global Studies Magnet Elementary School in Greensboro, North Carolina, the highest performing magnet school in Guilford County Schools.  During her tenure, the school was received the National School of Character award.  She also served as Principal and Assistant Principal of Oak Hill Elementary school, a successful federal school turn-around, and as a priority schools coach.    Mrs. Clemmons taught in Guilford County Schools and Durham Public Schools before beginning her administrative career.

Mrs. Clemmons attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts in Education with Honors.  She completed her Mater’s in School Leadership at Harvard University where she received The Nathan Glazer Fellowship and Intellectual Contribution Tribute Award.  Mrs. Clemmons recently completed her Educational Specialist Degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and will continue with her Doctorate of Educational Leadership program, expected graduation in 2019.  Mrs. Clemmons was recognized with the NCASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award, Triad Business Journal’s “Forty Leaders Under Forty” Award and the United Way Outstanding Human Rights Advocate Award.

Mrs. Clemmons looks forward to working with the community of Thomasville to ensure excellence for each and every child!
Dr. Barbara Armstrong - Chief Human Resources Officer

Dr. Barbara M. Armstrong serves as Thomasville City School’s Chief Human Resources Officer. Over her thirty plus years tenure in Thomasville, she has held several roles from School Counselor to Assistant Principal to Principal.

 She has been recognized in several key leadership positions in several professional organizations such as NC Association of School Administrators, Personnel Administrators of NC, NC School Counselors Association, the NC Association for School Leadership Development and their national affiliates.

 Dr. Armstrong, while an avid reader and consummate professional, enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.

Dr. Cate Gentry - Chief Operations Officer

Dr. Catherine ("Cate") Gentry has been in education in NC for 22 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 for the Class of 1994 and was also a member of the swim team and 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.  She was recognized as Carver's teacher of the year in 1998-99. During her time at Carver, Dr. Gentry completed her Master's degree in School Administration at UNCG and scores in writing moved from 34% to 72% proficient.  She became 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.  After time away from education to pursue motherhood as a full time occupation, Dr. Gentry returned to the classroom to teach at both DCCC and Davidson Early College from 2009-2011.  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.  Dr. Gentry is married to Randy, a small business owner, and the couple have one child, Maggie, who is 9 years old.  Dr. Gentry loves to travel and cook.  She is an avid reader and swimmer.


Scott Powell, Chief Financial Officer
Scott Powell - Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Scott E. Powell was selected as the Thomasville City Schools Chief Financial Officer in December 2016.   Scott graduated from North Carolina State University has 21 years of experience in North Carolina school system finance.  He began his school system finance career with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 1996 as a Staff Accountant, later becoming the Purchasing Card Manager.  He has also served as the Finance Officer for Caswell County Schools and Lincoln County Schools since 2008.  Scott served as the 2016-2017 President of the NC Association of Schools Business Officials and the NC representative for the Southeastern Association of School Business Officials.

Scott is originally from and currently resides in Providence, North Carolina, located in Caswell County.  He is married to Temple Powell and they have two daughters, Anna and Jordan.  As the Chief Financial Officer, Scott believes it is important to be a good steward of taxpayer funds by promoting efficient and effective operations while serving the students, staff, and parents of Thomasville City Schools.  Scott can be reached at (336) 474-4222 or