At its January 22 meeting, the Wake County Board of Education announced that Ian Solomon will take on the role of Leesville Road High School’s principal starting February 18. Solomon, who earned his Master of School Administration (MSA) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, currently serves as the principal of the Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy.
Leesville’s next principal began his career in education by teaching social studies in Guilford County. After earning his MSA, he worked as an assistant principal at Cary High School and Durant Road Middle School and as principal at North Lenoir High School, Durant Road Middle School, and, most recently, the Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy. He also was the High School Education Coordinator for the Lenoir County Public School System.
As a principal, Solomon loves integrating himself within his school’s community and observing students at their best.
“[I enjoy] the interactions with the school community. The students, the staff, the parents, everything that makes a school function, makes it tick,” said Solomon. “When I see students being successful whether it’s in the classroom, on the athletic fields, on the stage, whatever the case may be, that lets me know that we’re having an impact on the lives of our young people.”
Solomon looks forward to getting to know students at Leesville and their various talents once he becomes principal of Leesville. Additionally, after taking on this position, he will seek to ensure that all Leesville students feel like part of their school’s community.
“What I want to do…is establish a community that, regardless if you are someone that has just come here for your first year [on the] first day of your senior year, or you’ve been here in this community since kindergarten, I want it to always feel like home and that anyone who has had the Leesville experience always feels a sense of belonging and that this is your home and at any time, they’re welcome to come back,” Solomon said.
Let’s all make sure to give a warm welcome to Mr. Solomon when he officially joins the Pride on February 18.