On April 8, Tiffany Cheshire began her role as principal of Guy B. Phillips Middle School.
Cheshire has worked at the school since August 2017, when she was hired as an assistant principal. She began serving as interim principal in October.
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education appointed her as the school's principal at its April 7 meeting.
Cheshire has worked within CHCCS dating back as far as 2009, when she began her time in the district as a K-5 substitute teacher. She spent two years as an assistant principal in Alamance-Burlington Schools before coming back to CHCCS in 2013.
Over the years, she has served at CHCCS elementary schools, including Seawell Elementary School as a principal intern and at McDougle Elementary School as an assistant principal.
Cheshire said she has been able to maintain relationships with some of her former elementary school students. This year at Phillips, she said she has two students in her eighth grade class that she knew at McDougle Elementary.
“The fact that I've gotten to know them as students and people and their families over the last few years, I don't take that for granted," Cheshire said. "It's amazing to create relationships that are longer than just a few years.”
Savada Gilmore, theater and creative writing teacher at Phillips Middle School, said this emphasis on relationships is part of what makes Cheshire stand out. He said he believes she is a good fit to take on the role of principal.
“Ms. Cheshire is a beacon of light,” he said. “I can say that 100% unequivocally that she's going to have faculty, staff, students and parents’ best interests at heart.”