THOMASVILLE — A current leader at Thomasville High School has been promoted to principal.

The Thomasville City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the recommendation to promote Megan Silvey as principal during a closed session of a specially called meeting Tuesday night.

Silvey, who currently serves as an assistant principal, will officially begin her new role Aug. 1. She replaces Calvin Freeman, who had served as principal since June 2019.

Schools Superintendent Cate Gentry and board of education members said they look forward to working with Silvey to increase opportunities for all students.

“I am very pleased that Ms. Silvey will be leading Thomasville High School,” Gentry said. “I believe her passion for learning and commitment to all students will continue to enhance the work being done at THS. Ms Silvey will be a tremendous asset in providing opportunities for students and staff alike; she is a wonderful example of the four pillars of Bulldog Nation, excellence, diversity, unity and pride.”

Silvey is a veteran educator with more than 25 years of experience as an English and history teacher, curriculum facilitator and school administrator. She previously served as principal in Wilmington at DC Virgo Middle School from 2003-09.

Prior to working for Thomasville City Schools, Silvey served in Guilford County Schools, New Hanover County Schools and Transylvania County Schools systems.

Silvey earned a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University and a master’s degree in education administration from UNC Wilmington. A native of Morganton, Silvey currently lives in Thomasville.

Silvey hopes to employ her past experiences with personalized student attention to increase student achievement and raise the school’s overall proficiency while maintaining a positive, strong school culture. Silvey also said she is committed to improving parental involvement and community partnerships throughout Thomasville, according to a press release from the school system.