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Dr. Pratt

Dr. Jesse Pratt
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction and Student Services

Dr. Pratt joined Thomasville City Schools in July 2018. Prior to Thomasville City Schools, he serviced as an Academic Improvement Officer for Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). In IPS, Dr. Pratt worked with 34 schools (K-12) which provided service to 14,000 students. During his time in IPS, he implemented a Transformation Zone which focused on turning around some of the lowest-performing schools in the district. Dr. Pratt also began an initiative called ‘Opportunity Culture’ which allowed the district to extend the reach of their excellent teachers. He also assisted with improving the graduation rate from 71% to 82%.

Prior to IPS, Dr. Pratt was a comprehensive high school principal in Guilford County Schools (GCS) at James B. Dudley High School. During his tenure, his innovative leadership brought a low performing high school to a highly successful performing school. Dr. Pratt was named GCS Secondary Principal of the Year in 2012. He also was the principal of the Middle College at North Carolina A&T State University. While at the Middle College, he improved the school culture, improved the learning environment, and restored community pride by focusing on improving the academic performance of all students. Dr. Pratt accepted his first principalship at Allen Middle School in Guilford County Schools. He was an Assistant Principal for two years at Southeast Middle School in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. He taught sixth grade Language Arts and Social Studies in Guilford County Schools at Allen Jay Middle Schools for six years.

Dr. Pratt received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle School Education, Master of School Administration, and his Educational Specialist degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Dr. Pratt completed his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at High Point University in High Point, NC. He also completed the Atlanta Research Partners’ National Superintendents Academy in Chicago, Illinois.

Kelli Dalton
Kelli Goins Dalton
Chief Human Resources Officer

Kelli Goins Dalton joins Thomasville City Schools as the Chief Human Resources Officer. Prior to working in Human Resources, Mrs. Dalton served as an elementary school teacher, middle school assistant principal, and principal at both the elementary and middle levels. She is completing her eighteenth year in public education. Mrs. Dalton was a North Carolina Principal Fellow, cohort 12, and completed her Master of School Administration at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her love of learning led her to complete an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Appalachian State University. Currently in her final year of graduate work, Mrs. Dalton is completing her Doctorate of Education with High Point University. Outside of work and school, she enjoys spending time outdoors and being with her husband, Scott, and their two children, Ragan and Jackson.

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

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Jennifer Buck
Chief Technology & Information Officer
Jennifer Buck has taken on a new role as Chief Technology and Information Officer in Thomasville City Schools this year. This is her 25th year in education; 18 years of which have been devoted to the students and staff in Thomasville. Her career spans 11 years of teaching elementary grades in Texas and North Carolina, and 13 years working with teachers as an instructional technology facilitator and coordinator, and then Director of Teaching and Learning. She is a National Board Certified Middle Childhood Generalist Teacher, earned her undergraduate degree from Averett University and her graduate degree from East Carolina University. Furthering STEM education, providing rich digital teaching and learning experiences for staff and students and ensuring access to quality technology tools are among her passions and goals. Jennifer can be reached at 336-474-4183 or