Mr. Courtlyn Reeves, Principal
Mr. Reeves joined the Ridge Road Middle School community as the Principal in August 2020. Prior to that, he was the Principal at Greenway Park Elementary in CMS for multiple years.
Principal Reeves grew up in a small town in the mountains of North Carolina. He attended Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC where he earned a bachelor's degree in politics and broadcast journalism. Mr. Reeves worked at a couple of television stations before realizing his passion lies in equalizing educational opportunities for students. Ten years ago, he moved to Charlotte and joined CMS. Mr. Reeves has taught high school math, worked in central administration and served as a dean of instruction and assistant principal in two CMS schools, as well. His experience has taught him that the best way to increase and sustain high student achievement is to nurture a strong school culture and sense of community where the principal, staff, and families work collectively to best meet the needs of individual students.
On a personal note, Principal Reeves is married and a parent. His wife, Sarah Reeves, is the Director of Elementary Education for Cabarrus County Schools. They have one daughter, Hadley Calais, and a Pomeranian pup named Cooper. In his free time, he enjoys playing the piano, spending time with friends on the lake, and cooking.
Ms. Marie Simmons - 6th Grade Administrator
Ms. Simmons received her bachelor's degree in middle grades education from Augusta State University and her master's edegree in curriculum and supervision from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte (UNCC). A few years later, she received her post-master's certificate in school administration from UNCC. Marie has thirteen years of middle and high school teaching experience. She was a middle school language arts and social studies teacher for six years (McClintock MS) and a high school English teacher for seven years (Independence HS; Garinger HS). Marie served as a Literacy Coach and Instructional Accountability Facilitator (West Charlotte HS), and as an Academic Facilitator before becoming an Assistant Principal at Ridge Road Middle School.
Marie loves spending time with her family, riding her bicycle, and watching movies.
Mr. Craig Higgins - 7th Grade Administrator
This is Mr. Higgins's third year at Ridge Road Middle School. He currently serves as the 7th grade Assistant Principal. Mr. Higgins comes from a long line of educators as both his mother and father, as well as his sister, are involved in education. Before moving to NC, Mr. Higgins grew up in a small town in Wyoming. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education Teaching from the University of Wyoming. He later received his Masters of Arts in Executive Leadership from Gardner Webb University. This is Mr. Higgins's 17th year in education, serving them all in CMS. Before coming to Ridge Road, he taught two years at both Davidson and Paw Creek Elementary Schools. From there, he taught for seven years at JV Washam Elementary before becoming a Dean of Students at Elon Park Elementary, where he served for three years. For the two years prior to coming to Ridge Road, Mr. Higgins was an Assistant Principal at Mountain Island Lake Academy, which is a Pre-K - 8 school in CMS.
Mr. Higgins has been married for twelve wonderful years to his wife Dana, who is teaches at Davidson Elementary. They both enjoy their time with their two young children, Peyton who is 9 year old, as well as Brody who is 7 years old. The Higgins family also enjoys their new addition to the family, Sweetie, who is a 4 year old yellow lab. When not at Ridge Road or spending time with his family, Mr. Higgins enjoys staying active, being in the outdoors, and reading a good book.
Ms. Elyse West - 8th Grade Adminstrator
Ms. West joined the Ridge Road Middle School community as the Dean of Instruction and 8th grade administrator in March 2021. This is her 12th year working in education, and all of them have been in CMS. Prior to coming to Ridge Road, she was a Technology Facilitator and Magnet School Coordinator at Cochrane Collegiate Academy, a Technology Facilitator at Providence High School, and a Professional Development Facilitator at J.M. Robinson Middle School. She taught Social Studies at J.M. Robinson Middle School.
Ms. West grew up in North and South Carolina. She graduated from Elon University with a Middle Grades Education degree. She earned Master's degrees in School Administration and Instructional Technology from UNCC. In her free time, Ms. West loves visiting family in Charleston, SC, working out, and watching reality TV. Ms. West is married with a 1.5 year old son, Mack, and a pit mix, Bogey.