Less than two years after being appointed as Executive Director of Neuse Charter School in Smithfield, Dr. Julie Jailall has announced her retirement.
Jailall was selected in May 2014 as the new Executive Director for the K-12 school following a nationwide search. She became only the second person to hold the position since the founding of the schools in 2006. She began her duties in June 2014.
Tony Gupton, Chairman of the Neuse Charter School Board of Directors released a letter written to Dr. Jailall today (Monday). Gupton letter said, “Over the past two years, you have contributed greatly to our organization. Your arrival as Executive Director at Neuse Charter School came at a critical time. You embraced the “Cougar Pride” and cherished the enthusiasm of our students. Finding someone as dedicated and loyal as you are will be a daunting task. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am happy for you, but sad for the loss to our organization. I sincerely appreciate the level of service you have devoted to education and Neuse Charter School. You gave all of your time, thoughts and energy to doing what was best for our students first and our school second. Not only did you excel, but you went the extra mile by helping others succeed as well. Your professionalism was unmatched, as is your work ethic. You will be sorely missed.”
Gupton said the Board of Directors plan to hire a replacement prior to the start of the 2016-2017 academic year.
Jailall, who is from Clayton, is a reading, writing and literacy expert at the preschool, elementary, middle, high school and college levels She is certified as a school superintendent, principal (K-12), curriculum specialist/ supervision (K-12), middle school English, high school English, and specific Learning Disabilities (K-12).
Dr. Jailall is a veteran administrator of the Johnston County Schools where she served for over 12 years as a school administrator, including Cleveland Middle School, Micro Pine Level Elementary, Selma Middle and Cooper Elementary. She has served in other school systems including Brunswick County, Beaufort County, Alamance County and Wake County. In addition, she served at the NC Department of Public Instruction as the Consultant for Specific Learning Disabilities.
Dr. Jailall is author of a book on Caribbean literature,Sharda (2010), World-Caribbean-Guyana series. She has written several short stories and wrote and staged skits, and plays.
She holds 5 fully accredited degrees: a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Creative Arts from the University of Guyana, a post-graduate Diploma in Education in the Teaching of Secondary English, a Master of Arts in Education in Education Leadership with a Minor in Specific Learning Disabilities and Curriculum Studies from the East Carolina University, a post-graduate Certificate of Advanced Studies (Specialist Degree) in English with a minor in English as a Second Language Studies and Fiction Writing from the East Carolina University, and a Doctor of Education in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from the North Carolina State University.
During her tenure with the Johnston County Schools, Dr. Jailall received several awards and accolades. She was a Teacher of the Year Finalist for the Johnston County School District (1997), and Flame for Learning Award for Recognition of Outstanding Creativity and Innovation in Education (Johnston County Schools & Chamber of Commerce, 1997). As principal, she received several awards including Award for Enthusiasm and Effort for Excellence in Education (1996, 1997, 2001, 2002). She received aCertificate of Recognition for Outstanding Service to the Clayton Community, from the Clayton Woman’s Club (2002); the Principal Award from the NC Alliance for Athletics, Health, PE, Recreation and Dance (2000 & 2003); Certificate of Appreciation for Support to 4-H (NC Extension Service & US Dept. of Agriculture, 2003); In 2010, her school nominated her for the North Carolina Jay Robinson Leadership Award; Effective Communications Award from Johnston County Schools, 2003; Mayor’s Clayton Community Enhancement Award (2004); Clayton Leadership Appreciation Award, Clayton Rotary Club (2005). Paw Pride Award, Leesville Road High School, Wake County Public Schools System (2014). Best Teacher Award nominee published in magazine, Abu Dhabi Week, UAE (2011), and the PTA Appreciation Award, Hawksbill High School, Bahamas (1989).
Over the years Dr. Jailall has won several grants including the School Improvement Grant, $150,000 (NCDPI, 1997); Bridging the Gap Grant, $10,000 (NCDPI, 1997); Creative Grant, Johnston County Education Foundation (1997); Bright Ideas Grants, Wake Electric Corporation (1995 & 1997); and the Learn & Serve Grant, $45,000 (NCDPI, 2004-2008).
Dr. Jailall is a trained teacher mentor, 4-H volunteer, and a published writer of children literature. Her other hobbies include traveling, gardening, drama, art, reading and writing.
Dr. Jailall has three sons, all graduates from Clayton High School, and she is married to best-selling education author, Dr. Jerry Jailall.