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7/30/2017:  Experiment in Self-Reliance Hires a Success Coach to work with families at Ashley

Priority Schools Success Coach I – Megan Reynolds

Primary Role:
The Priority School Success Coach will be responsible for direct work with clients. The Success Coach will assist each client in developing a Case Plan, and work closely with the client to achieve the benchmarks in it by providing timely counseling and appropriate intervention in order to assist each client in successfully completing their program goals. This individual is primarily responsible for assisting the parents of the children in the priority schools. The Success Coach will work closely with other community agencies to expand available resources for increasing client self-reliance.

Reports to: Priority Schools Outreach Coordinator Program Manager

Organizational Effectiveness

  • Maintains a minimum caseload of 35.
  • Participates and provides written and oral documentation for weekly case management enrollment process.
  • Assists in the development of the case plan by monitoring, evaluating and modifying case plan when needed.
  • Provides profile information to Program Manager.
  • Assists in other special projects as determined by Priority Schools Outreach Coordinator, Self-Sufficiency & Family Advocate Manager, and Director of Program Operations.
  • Performs other duties as requested by management.
  • Maintains accurate case files as defined by program guidelines and maintains AR4CA computerized client record system conducive to NC ROMA principles and communicates weekly with priority school personnel.
  • Provides programmatic statistical data by funding sources to Priority School Outreach Coordinator monthly.
  • Assists parents of the children within the priority schools.


  • Serves as an ambassador for the Experiment in Self-Reliance and respects the integrity of the organization.
  • Serves as a team player in furthering the mission of the organization.

Reasoning Ability

  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Work Environment

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is rarely exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.


Success Coach must:

  • Be an experienced caseworker possessing a 4 year college degree in Social Work or a minimum of 2 years’ experience in Social Work.
  • Have strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Have experience working with low-income individuals and families.
  • Have working knowledge of computer data entry process, Microsoft Office suite, and ability to learn other program-related software.

2017-8 School Year

Priority Schools:
  • A Priority School is a Title I or Title I-eligible school that, based on the most recent data available, has been identified as among the lowest performing schools in the State. (lowest 5%)
  • Schools implementing a School Improvement Grant (SIG) model.

Priority Schools are required to implement interventions aligned with the following ESEA “Turnaround Principles” which include: strong leadership; effective teachers and improved instruction; expanded learning time; a strengthened instructional program; use of data; school safety and discipline; family and community engagement.

Ashley Academy for Global and Cultural Studies has been awarded a Million dollar NC School Improvement Grant for School Transformation. Transforming student lives through Education is what we are all about! The transformation for Ashley Academy involves rewarding and retaining the best teachers, developing future leaders in education, maximizing learning opportunities for students through innovated teaching practices, providing teachers with more time to collaborate, opportunities to participate in high quality professional development in a positive school climate that is committed to every student exceeding and succeeding their goals!

 Are you a teacher who . . .
  • Believes that every student has the potential to make large learning gains?
  • Imagines a school where you can improve your teaching, year after year?
  • Wishes for schools where teachers have time to plan and collaborate in teams?
  • Dreams of earning higher pay and incentives for effectiveness?
  • Hopes to achieve excellence, help more students, and develop peers while teaching?
  • Aspires to be an empowered, approachable teacher-leader who is a force for positive change…..
Scarlet Linville7/14/2016:   The path that led Scarlet Linville to becoming the new principal at Ashley Academy for Cultural & Global Studies included learning the lessons that being a mother teaches and teaching abroad for six years before returning to the United States and joining the school system in 2009.“And then to end up here at Ashley – a school of cultural and global studies – is divine,” Linville said. “Who knew all those experiences were leading me to here?”Before coming to Ashley, Linville served for more than three years as the assistant principal at Hall-Woodward Elementary School. Like Ashley, it’s a Title I school, meaning it has a high percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.

Linville brings much to Ashley, said Celena Tribby, Hall-Woodward’s principal.

“Scarlet is a well-rounded individual that understands the role of a servant leader,” Tribby said. “She is student-centered and understands the dynamics of transforming a low-performing school. She is a natural at establishing effective relationships with students, parents and staff. She had a myriad of experiences that makes her a perfect fit for Ashley.”

As the principal at Ashley, Linville wants to help students and teachers reach their goals. She knows the challenges are great. Ashley is also categorized as a Priority School, one of 11 Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools identified by the federal government as among the lowest-performing Title I schools in the state.

“Because we are a Priority School, the pressure is there,” Linville said. “I want the teachers to feel supported.”

Her goals include reinvigorating the school’s dual-immersion program in which students learn in both Spanish and English, reemphasizing the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) program and spiffing up the school and grounds at Ashley.

“Your environment really plays a part in how you feel and how you carry yourself,” she said. “Our school is like our home and we must treat it as such.”

Other goals include applying for a federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) to provide additional resources and strengthening the relationships with the school’s families and partners in the community.

“With the support of the district and the community we are going to see changes,” Linville said.

One of Ashley’s community partners is Ardmore Baptist, which provides weekend meals to 125 students through the BackPack program. Chester David is the chair of the church’s Hunger2Health program, which also serves the community around Ashley. He met Linville after she was named principal.

“When she found out that I was a community organizer who supported teachers and students at her school, she became my immediate friend and partner,” David said.

When they sat down to talk about her goals and passion for serving the community and children at Ashley Academy, David said, she told him that she chose Ashley because she felt she could make the biggest difference there.

“She feels that she has been called to be where she is,” he said. “Very quickly we agreed that our partnership is important to create an environment of hope and new possibilities in this school. She very much understands and values the role of community volunteers to support the education and growth of these children. Being principal at Ashley is so much more than a job for Ms. Linville.  It is a passion and commitment born out of a personal and compelling story of her own experience.

“Ardmore Baptist Church is thrilled to be in a relationship with Ms. Linville and her staff to make Ashley a place of respect, dreams and learning.  My dream is to call on an army of volunteers to spend one hour a week to read with a child.”

Sharing a good story and showing how much he or she loves reading is one the most important things a volunteer can do for students at Ashley, Linville said.

Scarlet 2 Linville grew up in Boonville, a town of 1,200 in Yadkin County. Her parents – Ivy Tidline and Henry Allen – divorced when she was young, and she and her sister lived with their mother. From her mother, Linville learned “there is nothing you don’t do for your kids.”

She spent a lot of time with her father, and both her mother and father were strong influences. “Both of them have very strong work ethics,” she said. “I got my tenacity from them. They also taught me to treat people the way I wanted to be treated.”

Her father also instilled a love of sports and such activities as fishing and riding motorcycles and dirt bikes. “He only had two daughters and he raised us like boys,” she said.

Linville well remembers the winter morning he woke her up at the crack of dawn and took her outside to change a tire that didn’t need to be changed. You have to be ready for whatever comes up, he told her.

“It’s these lessons for life that he really instilled in me,” Linville said.

Her grandmother, Canzis Tidline, was also a strong influence. “She emphasized arts and culture and church,” Linville said. “I played the piano and trombone and sang in the choir.”

Over the years, others supported her as well. After she graduated from Starmount High School in 1993, her cousin Paulette Stimpson offered to let her stay at her home so that she could attend N.C. Central University. Linville married Paul Evans, who now teaches art at Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy, and, at N.C. Central, her mother-in-law, Beverly Evans, who was director of a child development program on the university campus, helped inspire her.

Originally, Linville had been thinking about becoming a probation officer. As time passed, such experiences as volunteering in the community and becoming a mother helped her see that she needed to shift her focus.

“I realized I could have a greater impact being proactive rather than reactive,” Linville said.

Becoming a mother helped her understand that children learn in different ways. “And our approach in education is going to motivate them or crush them,” she said. “So I wanted to be part of the solution…I understand how education can be liberating because, without it, my life could have been very different.”

Working a part-time job, changing majors, getting married and becoming a mother delayed the process of completing her bachelor’s degree. After six years, she graduated from N.C. Central with a degree in elementary education and a minor in Spanish. For five years, she taught in Durham Public Schools.

In Durham, she taught in a school where many of the students had little experience of the world beyond their home and school. Some had never been to nearby Raleigh.

“I wanted my children to have a broader view of the world,” she said.

While in Durham, Linville began learning Arabic. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she became certified to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) so that she could teach in another country.

After considering such possibilities as Malaysia, she and her husband and their three boys headed to the United Arab Emirates. There, she taught in a private international school for two years before going to work for the country’s Ministry of Education as part of its Schools of the Future program.

Quite an adventure for a woman born in Boonville.

While there, she earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Gloucestershire in England. Evans, Linville said, helped a lot by tag-teaming with the children. They were abroad for a total of six years, and, while there, their two youngest children were born.

Linville’s oldest, Anwar, graduated from North Forsyth High School this year. He is heading to N.C. Central University. Dawoud and Naim still attend North Forsyth. Yusra and Eisa are students at Hall-Woodward Elementary School. Although she and Evans are no longer married, they still work together taking care of their children.

After Linville returned to this area, she began teaching at what was then Hill Middle School. It has since joined with Philo to become Philo-Hill Magnet Academy. While teaching there she decided to become an administrator so that she could have a broader impact.

“Being more of the decision-maker about vision and mission was appealing,” she said.

She was invited to become a member of the first group participating in the Piedmont Triad Leadership Academy, which is designed to help people learn to lead schools with challenges while serving as administrative interns and completing their master’s degree coursework at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

After completing her internship at North Hills Elementary, she served as a curriculum coordinator there for five months before becoming the assistant principal at Hall-Woodward. While Tribby was on leave for three months, she served as interim principal.

Spending time with her children is a priority for Linville. She might take them to a local musical event or the movies or perhaps to the beach. They are also big fans of amusement parks.

Linville likes to read books about creating positive change such as The Energy Bus: 10 rules to Fuel your Life, Work and Team with Positive Energy.

One thing that Tribby helped her understand is that the work of an educator is more of a mission than a job.

“There is a spiritual aspect to what we do,” Linville said. “I’m very spiritual. I respect anyone who is a believer and feels like they are accountable for their actions. You have to believe in a higher power.”

Staff members at Ashley appreciate what Linville is bringing to their school.

“Ms. Linville has a true passion for teaching and learning,” said Chris Anderson, the curriculum coordinator for pre-kindergarten through second grade. She brings such a positive energy into the building! I am very excited about the upcoming school year!”

Assistant principal Kendra Scott said: “I am looking forward to working with Ms. Scarlet Linville in her role as the new principal at Ashley Academy. She has a smile that lights up the room as soon as she walks in. She also brings a bundle of positive energy and excitement with her. We welcome her with open arms.”

Terhas Sadler, who teaches fourth grade, served on the committee that interviewed Linville for the job as principal.

“While I have only known Ms. Linville for a short time, I have enjoyed getting to know her,” Sadler said. “Upon speaking with her, immediately you are drawn in by her friendly smile, energetic spirit and warm demeanor.

“When we were searching for a new principal for our school one of the things that stood out about Ms. Linville as a possible candidate was her appreciation of global learning.  Not only is it evident in the fact that she speaks multiple languages, but she has shared with us that this was so important that she moved her family abroad and spent several years as an educator in the Middle East and, while there, she also learned another language (Arabic).

“Although her position did not officially start until July 1, it was not uncommon to see Ms. Linville around campus taking what time she could to get to know our students, staff and community. She even held a ‘Summer Kick-Off’ pep rally to meet the students and encourage summer reading. We are all excited to see what the upcoming school year holds for Ashley Academy, and we are pleased to have Ms. Linville on board to help lead us through it.”

Kim Underwood

7/1/2016:  Attention all Ashley Academy volunteers, current and wannabees! You must register on the WSFCS/volunteers website ( for 2016-7. Either renew you registration or submit a first time application to Jennifer Cobb. We need you to be a reading buddy, a mentor, a support for teachers and admin. Follow directions on the website.

Starting July 1, individuals who would like to volunteer for WS/FC Schools can register as new volunteers, or re-activate an existing application for volunteer clearance during the 2016-17 school year. (Please read the options below to determine if you should register as a new volunteer or re-activa…

School board OKs plans for four ‘focus schools’

October 22, 2013  

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education on Tuesday night unanimously approved interventions in four struggling schools that have been identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as “focus schools.”

The schools are Gibson and Ashley elementary schools and Wiley and Mineral Springs middle schools.

According to criteria established by the No Child Left Behind ESEA Flexibility waiver, Gibson and Wiley have the largest gaps between their highest achieving subgroups of students and their lowest achieving subgroups of students. Ashley and Mineral Springs have subgroups of students with low achievement.

All four are STAR3 schools that participate in the Teacher Incentive Fund grant that tackles the problem of high teacher turnover in hard-to-staff areas.

WSFCS voted 8-0 to implement the following interventions: control school choice, after-school tutoring and scientifically researched-based professional development.

The controlled school choice plan, which includes all schools in the district, gives parents and students an opportunity to choose between a residential school and several other schools in the same zone. Transportation is provided.

All four schools offer professional development through various workshops and programs that allow teachers an opportunity to learn from each other, develop mastery of subject matter and receive updated information on curriculums and resources.

Ashley IB Magnet Elementary School offers after-school tutoring 90 minutes a day twice a week, and the program will last until the end of April. Additional tutoring offered on Saturdays is provided through a partnership with Alpha & Omega Church and Wake Forest University.

Before the school board voted, Ann Petitjean, the president of the Forsyth County Association of Educators, urged the board to take a different path to help the schools.

“Our jobs in public education are hard,” Petitjean said. “We need to be the captains of change.”

No timetable for changes at the schools was discussed.


Saturday Academy

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11/9/2013:  We have invested a lot of heart and manpower in the Saturday Academy.  Belinda has made many sacrifices to develop the curriculum, coordinate the volunteers, lead the program and be there every Saturday to set up and tear down as well as transport many of the students.  I was incredibly impressed today seeing all the love and hard work she has invested.  We cannot expect her to continue every Saturday in the spring.  I am committed to finding her a team to co-lead and manage this effort.  The parents are thrilled with this opportunity, and the children are eager to come.  Learning is fun and rewarding.  One of the most awesome benefits is the relationship between WFU students and Ashley kids.
     I am also seeking to add to the volunteers tutors who come during the school day.  There are several tutors who love coming to meet their Ashley children.  We need to offer ongoing training and support, if we expect them to stay and the program to grow.  I am talking with some retired teachers who may be able to give tutors the training support they need to succeed.
    We met on Friday with the Augustine Literacy Project directors, Henri Brown and Kris Cox.  Ms. Bailey came and asked many questions.  The staff present were very excited about this program and specifically the opportunity to really improve the reading skills of 2nd graders who are far below their grade level.  The Augustine program has a record of success in over 20 schools in Forsyth County.  I think Ashley needs to embrace the start up in February with about 10 students to follow and assess the value of this intensive reading program for a larger number of students in the fall.  My job is to find and support volunteer tutors who will make the commitment to twice per week sessions with their child.  I hope the school administration will fully support the time parameters needed for the Augustine method.
     This is an exciting time for the school and for our volunteers.  We talk about making a difference with these children one-on-one. I wish you could come and observe our sessions. That way you can hear for yourself the enthusiasm and professionalism that permeates the process of teaching low-income, reading-challenged children.



Ashley’s “Green Thumbs.”

DC Trip Thanks. Hope all is well. Thanks so much for all that you guys do for our school with the backpack program at Ashley. It is much appreciated. Our 5th grade students are very excited about traveling to Washington DC. We are even more excited about reaching and exceeding our goal. While in Washington DC the students will visit the Capital Building, Smithsonian, and many other monuments. We were able to reach our goal due to the outreach of the community and local churches in our area. Ashley has formed partnerships in which local community leaders and pastors have joined with our school to help students become their best. The mentors/volunteers visit our school on a weekly or by-weekly basis. Some mentors/volunteers work with groups of students and some work with individuals. When they heard about our plans to take students to Washington DC they pledged to assist our school. We are grateful to all of our community partners, leaders, and local churches for volunteering their time, efforts, and donations. We are also pleased with the support of individuals in the community that heard our story on WXII News 12, W-S Journal, or The W-S Chronicle. Local viewers have reached out to our school and our children in hopes to get them to Washington DC. The students, parents, and staff have also done their part by holding fundraisers and encouraging students along this process. Of Course, we cannot forget the support of our central office personnel Dr. Donald Martin, Assistant Superintendent Steve Oates, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Simington, and others. It has been really great to see our community and staff rally around our school for our first out-of-state field trip to Washington DC. We are looking forward to our trip. Thanks so much for your support and we look forward to your continued support with our students.

Alicia Morris Bailey, M.ED
Assistant Principal
Ashley Elementary School

Changes at Ashley  On behalf of our “AshleyFamily” we would like to wish Mr. Ash much success as he ventures on a new journey to be the principal at Speas Elementary. We would like to welcome interim principal, Belinda Beard who will be joining our “Ashley Family” for the remainder of the year. We would also like to welcome principal, Mark Hairston who will be our 2013-2014 principal beginning in June.

4/15/13:  Ashley IB pre-kindergarten students have a trike-a-thon for children’s hospital. When Angie Willard heard about the trike-a-thons that some schools organize to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, she thought that would fit right in with what she and the 15 students in her pre-kindergarten program at Ashley IB Magnet School were working together on.

Ashley’s Alicia Bailey named North Carolina’s elementary school assistant principal of the year

Ashley IB Magnet Elementary School not only has a new name but a new logo thanks to Jim Mabe Graphics. On behalf of the Ashley Staff “We Thank You”!

5th Grade: Destination-Washington D.C.  Ashley’s 5th Grade students are working hard so that they can take a trip to Washington D.C.

The Winston Salem Foundation has awarded grants to two teachers at Ashley IB Magnet Elementary. 

Casey Cadiente, Guidance Counselor, was chosen to receive a $1,500.00 grant from the Sam and Anne Booke Family Trust.  This grant will support a summer fun reading camp at Ashley IB.

 Katryna Jacober, IB Coordinator, was chosen to receive a $1,500.00 grant from the Blanche Raper Zimmerman Fund. This grant will help her attend the International Baccalaureate Conference of the Americas.

 Ms. Cadiente and Ms. Jacober will also attend a dinner in the fall honoring all Winston Salem Foundation grant recipients.

 Blayre Penn, 3rd grade teacher, has received 100% funding for her “Vocabulary Exploration” project from


We hope that you are enjoying the flowers coming up around our school. We are grateful to Brian & Becky Wilkinson whose church planted the bulbs coming up in the front bed with our school sign. Many other bulbs coming up in other beds around our campus were donated by Keep Winston Salem Beautiful and planted in January by students, teachers and parents as part of our gardening initiative.
We would like to “Welcome” new business partner’s: Ardmore Baptist Church, Revo Church and WS First Church.
Alpha and Omega Church of Faith
Ardmore Baptist Church
Bojangles-New Walkertown Road
Dellabrook Presbyterian
Harris Teeter-Robinhood Road
Medicap Pharmacy-Liberty Street
Revo Church
Salem College
WS First Church
Wake Forest University
Wells Fargo Bank
Winston-Salem State University