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WS/FCS Announces New Principals

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Board of Education has approved principals for three schools. Tiffany Krafft is the new principal of Griffith Elementary. Shawna Penn will lead Carter High School.  Cynthia Russell will be the principal of Gibson Elementary.


Image of Tiffany Krafft new principal of Griffith ElementaryMrs. Krafft earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at the College of Charleston. She began her career with WS/FCS when she completed an administrative internship at Clemmons Elementary while earning her Master of School Administration at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She went on to earn an Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Gardner-Webb University. 

She taught at South Fork Elementary and was on the core team that opened Middle Fork Elementary. Mrs. Krafft was a curriculum coordinator and assistant principal.  She has been the principal of North Hills Elementary since 2010.




image of Shawna Penn new principal at Carter High School



Mrs. Penn earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from North Carolina Central University, Master’s Degrees in Adaptive Physical Education from North Carolina A. & T. State University and Orientation and Mobility from North Carolina Central University. She earned a School Administration certificate from Appalachian State University. She is currently working on a certification in Assistive Technology for the Visually Impaired at North Carolina Central University.

Penn has been with WS/FCS for 28 years. She began her teaching career as a physical education teacher at Hanes Middle School in 1994. She taught at West Forsyth High School and continued her career at Wiley Middle School as the physical education teacher and athletic director. In 2017, Ms. Penn joined Carter High School as the assistant principal.




image of Cynthia Russell new principal of Gibson Elementary SchoolMrs. Russell graduated from Winston-Salem State University where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Middle Grades Education. She earned her Master’s Degree in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University.

Ms. Russell started with WS/FCS in 2003 as a 7th grade math teacher at Wiley Middle School. She later moved to John F. Kennedy Middle School where she served as curriculum coordinator for 10 years. In 2017, she became the assistant principal at Julian Gibson Elementary School. She previously worked as a math facilitator/coordinator and a talent development and advanced studies coordinator for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.