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Meet the New Principal: Charley Ingham of Woodstock HS!

Posted On: Monday, July 25, 2022

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Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ll be introducing you this month to our school district’s new Principals.  Please help us celebrate Charley Ingham, who this school year will lead Woodstock High School!

Charley Ingham brings a triple crown record, as an award-winning teacher, coach and leader, to his new role as Woodstock High School’s Principal.

The 20-year educator has spent the summer break preparing for the coming school year and getting to know his new school community.

“There are so many things to look forward to when joining the Woodstock High School community.  Truthfully, it is the interaction with all of the students and staff I am most looking forward to,” Principal Ingham said.  “Entering WHS has been incredible because of the energy of all those who walk the halls.  Helping bring great vision and opportunity into reality as a part of this great fellowship is an amazing experience!”

Principal Ingham, who served the past five years as an assistant principal at Cherokee High School with a focus on curriculum and instruction, taught at the school for 10 years during which time he earned numerous honors.  An English teacher and department chair and head cross country and track coach, Principal Ingham earned the Teacher of the Year title in 2011, STAR Teacher in 2016 and 2017 and Coach of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015. 

Prior to joining CCSD, Principal Ingham served as a teacher and coach in Bartow County and Jamestown, N.Y. and has earned bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees.  He soon will be “Dr. Ingham,” as he anticipates graduating in 2023 with a doctorate in education in curriculum and instruction from Liberty University.  Principal Ingham is a certified leadership coach and was selected by his peers in the Superintendent’s Leadership Academy program to receive the 2017 Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Leadership Scholarship.

Principal Ingham’s wife, Andrea, is a teacher at Clayton ES, and their two children attend CCSD schools.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said Woodstock HS is known for its outstanding academic program and strong sense of community developed under the leadership of Principal Mark Smith, who has joined CCSD’s Office of Curriculum & Instruction.

“Charley will keep Woodstock’s momentum going -- and raise it even higher,” Dr. Hightower said.  “I’ve been impressed by his knowledge of curriculum and instruction, his ability to coach students and his peers and his love for teaching and learning.  He’s all in for Woodstock, and we can’t wait to see all that he will achieve with his new community.”  

How can parents be more involved?  “The community is vital in helping our students launch into the world,” Principal Ingham said.  “Without the collective support of families and community partners, they cannot see the full scope of opportunities that are out there.  At Woodstock High School, there are many chances to invest in our young people and be a part of the Woodstock community!  It can be anything from becoming a member of a booster club, volunteering time with any of our student organizations, offering to become a Partner in Education, contributing to the spirit of Woodstock by attending any event, or deliberately dedicating time to help, guide and support our students.  No matter what it is, being present and purposeful is so important.  If families are seeking more ways to do any of these things, we will have a Weekly Engagement (‘W.E.’) post on our social media sites to engage all stakeholders.  At the end of the day, it takes all of us to make an impact!  That’s why: WE are Woodstock!”

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