HPS Welcomes Dr. Nichole Ijames

HPS Welcomes Dr. Nichole Ijames
Posted on 05/11/2023
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Hickory Public Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Nichole Ijames as the new Director of Human Resources. Dr. Ijames brings extensive experience and a proven track record in education, making her a valuable addition to the district’s leadership team.

With over 27 years of experience in education, Dr. Ijames has demonstrated strong educational leadership that has created a positive organizational culture and equity-focused growth. Dr. Ijames's doctoral research on the importance of creating work environments that foster culturally responsive leadership support makes her an ideal candidate for this position.

"We are very excited that Dr. Ijames is joining Hickory Public Schools as the Director of Human Resources," said Dr. Bryan Taylor, Hickory Public Schools Superintendent. "I am confident that the combination of her experience and knowledge with be an asset to Hickory Public Schools."

As the Director of Human Resources for Hickory Public Schools, Dr. Ijames will develop and implement HR strategies that align with the district's goals and objectives. Her focus will be on attracting highly qualified educators and staff, employee engagement and growth, and ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations.

"I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to learn, lead and grow as an educator in this region, as I am keenly aware that every experience to this point has collectively prepared me for this transition,” said Dr. Ijames. "I look forward to the opportunities I will now have to serve alongside the dedicated members of Hickory Public Schools in partnering together to make a positive impact on the destinies of the children we serve."

Dr. Ijames holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Gardner-Webb University. Prior to joining Hickory Public Schools, she was a principal for 9 years at various Catawba County Schools, most recently the principal of Challenge Early College High School. Dr. Ijames's official start date is July 1st.

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