Dr. Maggie Fehrman is thrilled to serve as Asheville City Schools superintendent!
Dr. Fehrman is an exceptional and visionary servant leader, known for her strategic thinking and innovative approach. She has a proven track record of building strong relationships with all stakeholders, fostering trust and support through transparency, engagement, and open two-way communication. Driven by a deep commitment to equity, she will work to ensure that ALL students, families, and staff feel welcome, included, and valued.
Dr. Fehrman joined Asheville City Schools in July 2023 from City Schools of Decatur, a top-rated school district in Georgia, where she served as superintendent since May 2021. Her leadership has propelled the district to remarkable success, ranking first in the state of Georgia for student performance in crucial categories such as 3rd-grade reading, 5th-grade reading, and English language arts. Furthermore, the district achieved an outstanding high school graduation rate of 96.73% and secured the top spot in the state for SAT and ACT performance in 2021 and 2022.
Superintendent Fehrman consistently focuses on achieving important goals, including equitable outcomes for students, practicing financial stewardship, enhancing stakeholder engagement, and increasing transparency and communication throughout the community. During her tenure in Georgia, she spearheaded the establishment of a "Leadership Academy" to develop a pipeline for aspiring leaders across all staff groups, resulting in a remarkable 70% increase in the percentage of leaders of color in the district. Additionally, she initiated a Superintendent's Student Advisory Team, providing a platform for student voices in decision-making processes while the district implemented a new grading tool and reporting structure.
Before becoming superintendent in Decatur, Dr. Fehrman also served as assistant superintendent, executive director of schools, principal, assistant principal, and social studies teacher.
Dr. Fehrman earned her bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Secondary Education from Clarion University in 2000. She earned her Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees from Georgia State University in 2005 and 2007, focusing on educational leadership. In 2013, she went on to earn her doctorate in Educational Policy Studies at Georgia State University with a focus on Research, Measurements, and Statistics.
Raised on a dairy farm in Western Pennsylvania, Dr. Fehrman's upbringing instilled a strong work ethic and a deep appreciation for community. She and her husband, Joel, share a passion for outdoor activities such as traveling, mountain biking, and hiking. Their family also includes three beloved pets: Caesar, Sandy, and Camo.
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