On Wednesday, Dr. Carol Yancy will officially fill the vacancy left open by Dr. Brenda James-Ford’s dismissal in December.
Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery Niles said Ford had withheld information that she was the subject of a pending ethics charge by the Professional Standards Commission and had failed to report she had received a letter of reprimand for allegations of grade changing at another school district.
Niles said Yancy cleared all checks before being named as the new principal.
“Dr. Yancy has a professional history with the Department of Juvenile Justice and has done an excellent job for DJJ,” Niles said. “Associate Superintendent (Audrey) Armistad and I are very pleased with the selection of Dr. Yancy for this high-profile education leadership position at Augusta YDC.”
Yancy, who has 22 years of teaching experience, has been employed by the department since April 1998 and has served as a classroom teacher, lead teacher and part of the Augusta YDC School Leadership Training Team. She is a former Regional Teacher of the Year.
Yancy received a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education from Paine College, a master’s degree in general education from Troy State University and a doctorate of philosophy in education from Capella University. She is also a member of the National Association of Professional Woman and has been employed at both the Augusta and Milledgeville youth development campuses.
Yancy is the third new member of the YDC executive team who comes from Augusta.
James L. Reid, the assistant YDC director of security, and Donnell Collins, the captain of corrections officer, also are from Augusta.