• Meet Our Administration Team!



Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Benika J. Thompson


Phone: 336-703-4296 ext. 73621

Email: bjthompson@wsfcs.k12.nc.us 

Dr. Benika Thompson is an educator with 21 years of service to Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County Schools. As a recruited NC Teaching Fellow, she came to the district as a sixth-grade Science and English/Language Arts teacher at Philo Middle School in August of 2001. She left Philo Middle School and joined the staff of Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy and then Jefferson Middle School, where she served as Curriculum Coordinator. In October 2010, she was selected to serve as WS/FCS as Director of Science, K-12. In June of 2018, she accepted the principalship at Philo-Hill Magnet Academy. Dr. Thompson is a product of North Carolina public schools and believes that when students, families, and communities partner with public schools, then great things happen for young people. Below is a summary of her formal educational experiences:

* University of Phoenix Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction, Doctoral Defense: August 19, 2015, Science Teacher Self-efficacy and Student Achievement: A Quantitative Correlational Study

* Appalachian State University Masters in School Administration, May 2006- School Leaders Licensure July 2006

* The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Grades Education, May 2001- NC “A” License in 6-9 Reading, Science, and Social Studies, NC Teaching Fellow, Dean’s List, NC Association of Science Teachers, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

* Western Harnett High School Diploma, May 1997- Class Vice President, Beta Club, NC Scholar, Science Club



Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Mitzi Sheppard

Assistant Principal of Instruction (API)

Phone: 336-703-4296 ext. 73624

Email: mlsheppard@wsfcs.k12.nc.us\

Ms. Sheppard comes to WSFCS VA with a background in elementary and middle school.  She has 25 years of experience in WS/FCS. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill and later UNC- Greensboro, where she received her educational leadership degree.  She has a love for serving all students and helping them reach their full potential.  You may see her around town with her two boys who keep her busy at basketball or baseball games when she is not working. 

Last Modified on May 5, 2023