Carlinda Purcell's Resume


  • Fellow, Broad Urban Superintendents Academy, 2004
  • Fellow, BellSouth Foundation Center for Leadership in School Reform, 1999-2004
  • Beginning Superintendents Seminar, Harvard University, 1996
  • Ed.D. Administration and Supervision/Special Education, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1983
  • M.Ed. Early Childhood Education, Virginia State University, 1976
  • B.A. Special Education, Bennett College for Women, 1972

Professional Experience

Associate Superintendent, Curriculum & Instructional Services, Cumberland County Schools, Fayetteville, North Carolina 2002-Present

Provides executive leadership for all academic programming for a high poverty district with 53,000 students and 6,300 full-time employees. 51% of students are eligible for free/reduced lunch and 59% are members of minority groups. Supervises 25 principals in addition to a central staff of over 100 employees. Responsible for curriculum, professional development, programming for both gifted and special needs students, all federal and state programs as well as testing and accountability. Responsible for a budget in excess of $230 million dollars. Serves on the superintendent's cabinet.

Superintendent, Warren County Schools, Warrenton, North Carolina (1995-2002)

Led high poverty rural district with 3,300 students; 80% of whom were members of minority groups and 70% were eligible for free/reduced lunch. Supervised seven schools and over 500 employees with a $22 million budget.

Division Director of Instruction Support Services, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (1990-1995)

Reported to the superintendent in an urban district with 40,000 students and 4,500 employees. 40% of the students were members of minority groups and 30% were eligible for free/reduced lunch. Responsible for developing and implementing long-range plans for the division which included the following programs: Dropout Prevention and Students At-Risk, Exceptional Children, Health Services, Psychological Services, School Guidance, and School Social Work. Managed a $22 million budget.

Director of Student Services, Wayne County Schools, Goldsboro, North Carolina (1987-1990)

Supervised over 150 staff members and a $4 million budget. Administered and coordinated the following programs: School Guidance, School Social Work, Dropout Prevention, In-School Suspension, School Health Services, Exceptional Children and Psychological Services.

Director of Exceptional Children, Lincoln County Schools, Lincolnton, North Carolina (1984-1987)

Oversaw all aspects of the exceptional children's program including 90 staff members. Managed a $1.5 million budget. Significantly improved service delivery and improved overall procedural and compliance management issues.

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood/Special Education, Department of Education, Delaware State College, Dover, Delaware (1983-1984)

Taught graduate and undergraduate courses in curriculum and instruction, language development and speech correction, learning disabilities, theories, identification and instruction of exceptional special needs populations. Advised undergraduate and graduate students and supervised student teachers.

Coordinator of Title VI-D Personnel Preparation Grant, Virginia Department of Education, Division of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services, Richmond, Virginia (1981-1982)

While in graduate school, managed a project team of three staff members, compiled technical reports, disseminated information, coordinated efforts of state education agency and institutions of higher education personnel, and coordinated logistics for training parents from rural low-income backgrounds.

Educational Diagnostician, North Chicago Public Schools(District 64), North Chicago, Illinois (1979-1980)

Administered and interpreted results of assessment instruments, planned intervention programs and developed curriculum and teaching strategies for exceptional children.

Special Education Teacher, Charles City/Richmond, Virginia, North Chicago, Illinois (1972-1979)

Served as special education teacher in a rural, urban and cooperative unit, respectively. Charles City, Virginia for 2.5 years, Richmond, Virginia for 3.0 years and North Chicago/Special Education District of Lake County Cooperative Unit, Illinois for 2.0 years.