At a Special Board Meeting, the North Little Rock Board of Education approved the hiring of dozens of teachers, administrators, and support staff members as the district prepares for 2021-2022 school year. In addition, the Board of Education approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to appoint Mr. Sandy Williams as Director of North Little Rock Academy, Dr. Nadia Saint-Louis as Principal at North Little Rock High School, Ms. Pearce Peacock as Assistant Principal at North Little Rock Middle School – Seventh & Eighth Grade Campus, and Ms. Stefanie Thompson as Assistant Principal at North Little Rock Middle School – Sixth Grade Campus.
“I am thrilled to be working with these administrators. They are prepared to lead and are ready to serve our students, faculty, and community. I look forward to seeing their great ideas in action,” said Dr. Gregory J. Pilewski, Superintendent of the North Little Rock School District.
Mr. Sandy Williams
Mr. Sandy Williams has been tapped to lead North Little Rock Academy as the Director.
Mr. Williams has been a part of the North Little Rock School District since 2013. He most recently served as the Coordinator of Safe Schools. Before that, he served as the Lead Principal at the former North Little Rock High School – Sophomore Campus and as Assistant Principal at North Little Rock Academy. He also served as an administrator in the Pulaski County Special School District. Mr. Williams has nearly 20 years of experience in alternative education.
Mr. Williams earned an Educational Specialist Degree from Harding University, two Master of Arts Degrees in Public Administration and Human Resources from Webster University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education from Arkansas Baptist College.
Dr. Nadia Saint-Louis
Dr. Nadia Saint-Louis will serve as the Principal at North Little Rock High School.
Previously, Dr. Saint-Louis served as Academy Principal at McGavock High School in Nashville, Tenn. Dr. Saint-Louis led the Digital Design and Communication Academy. This Academy prepares students for college and careers in an interactive and creative world. Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is a part of the Academies of Nashville, which is a highly-respected model that provides students with college and career preparation experiences through partnerships with local businesses.
In 2019, all four school districts in Pulaski County – Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District Little Rock School District, North Little Rock School District, and the Pulaski County Special School District – all agreed to form the Academies of Central Arkansas. The Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce is spearheading this effort.
Dr. Saint-Louis has served as Dean of Students and an Instructional Coach. She began her career in education as a high school math teacher.
Dr. Saint-Louis earned her Doctor of Education Degree in School Leadership from East Tennessee State University. Her dissertation, entitled Teacher Perceptions of Social Emotional Learning Supports in Freshman Academy, explores the success of social-emotional learning for ninth graders as they transition to high school. She earned an Educational Specialist Degree from Tennessee Technological University, a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education from Tennessee Technological University.
Ms. Pearce Peacock
Ms. Pearce Peacock has been appointed as Assistant Principal at North Little Rock Middle School – Seventh & Eighth Grade Campus.
Since 2019, Ms. Peacock has served as the District Dyslexia Coordinator. In this role, she collaborated with 25 school dyslexia specialists throughout the district. Prior to serving as Dyslexia Coordinator, Ms. Peacock was the Guidance Counselor at North Little Rock Middle School. Her career began in Dumas Public Schools as a First Grade Teacher.
Ms. Peacock earned an Educational Specialist Degree from the University of Central Arkansas, a Master of Science Degree in Counseling from the University of Arkansas, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Arkansas State University.
Ms. Stefanie Thompson
Ms. Stefanie Thompson will join the North Little Rock School District as Assistant Principal at North Little Rock Middle School – Sixth Grade Campus.
Ms. Thompson has spent her professional career in the Little Rock School District, where she previously served as a High School Reading Interventionist and R.I.S.E. Arkansas Trainer of Teachers. She has also served as an Instructional Support Coach, Principal, and Teacher. She has served as a Professor in the Division of Education at Philander Smith College.
Ms. Thompson earned a Master’s Degree in Education and Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.