Meet Your Principal
Fermandi Dyson, principal of Metro School, has 16 years of experience working in the school setting. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), where she majored in Psychology. Shortly after receiving her Bachelor's degree, she continued her coursework and obtained her teaching licensure in Special Education, where she concentrated in learning disabilities. Later in her teaching career she attended Wingate University to earn a Master's degree in Educational Leadership.
Ms. Dyson started her teaching career in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System (CMS) as an elementary school self-contained classroom teacher for students with moderate to severe disabilities. She later transitioned to Independence High school where she taught in a co-taught Biology class and served as the Exceptional Children's compliance facilitator and department chair.
From Teaching to Administration
Ms. Dyson began her administrative career as an Assistant Principal at Cuthbertson High School with Union County Public Schools and later became an Assistant Principal at Metro School. Ms. Dyson has a clear passion for education and making school decisions based on the children's best interest. As an administrator, Ms. Dyson thoroughly enjoys working with all school constituents, including students at her school, parents, teachers and fellow administrators. As an administrator, Ms. Dyson frequently leads school-wide staff development to encourage best teaching practices such as implementing new assistive technology, encouraging Professional Learning Communities and focusing on student learning while building 21st century skills.
Preparing Students and Teachers for the Future
Overall, what Ms. Dyson enjoys most as an administrator is working closely with the classroom teachers. She mentors teachers, models lessons and uses observations and teacher evaluations as opportunities to grow teachers in their profession. As Ms. Dyson analyzes the ebb and flow of public educational reform, she says one thing is clear: Students today must learn 21st century skills in order to be successful in life. She feels that Metro School provides children with disabilities across the district adaptable 21st century skills they need to be successful, while growing academically to take on life's challenges in tomorrow's changing world.