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Ruafika Cobb Named Jones Elementary's Interim Principal

Mrs. Ruafika Cobb is an accomplished professional educator that has been part of the Asheville City Schools family for nearly 15 years. She's served as a Pre-Algebra Teacher, Math Coach and Assistant Principal for three different schools. And, on October 1st she started her newest ACS journey as Interim Principal of Ira B. Jones Elementary School!

Cobb began her teaching career in 2000 as a Pre-Algebra and Earth, Life and Physical Science teacher for 6th - 8th Graders at the Rialto Unified School District in San Bernardino County, California before moving to Asheville in 2005.

She started her Asheville City Schools tenure as an Asheville Middle School Pre-Algebra and Algebra teacher, a position she held for five years. She was Hall Fletcher Elementary School’s Math Coach during the 2010-2011 school year.

In Fall 2011, she was promoted to Assistant Principal of Hall Fletcher Elementary School where she supervised the school’s daily operation and addressed areas of improvement; was the School Testing Coordinator; mentored teachers in the creation and implementation of powerful learning environments, lesson plans and student assessments as well as cultivated an environment that encourages open communication with colleagues, students, her community and district leaders.

She served as Isaac Dickson Elementary School’s Assistant Principal from 2014-2018 before becoming Asheville High School’s Assistant Principal in Fall 2018.

She is a member of both the district’s and her school’s Equity Team and is working to help ensure Excellence with Equity for ALL students. She is also part of Asheville City Schools’ Leadership Academy, Teaching & Learning Committee and Ad Hoc Mathematics Committee.

Additionally, Cobb has been trained in the Community Resiliency Model (CRM), Professional Learning Communities at Work as well as Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) at both the elementary and secondary level.

Cobb too was an Adult Education Math Teacher at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College from 2015-2017. At A-B Tech, she created differentiated learning plans for her students, each of whom was pursuing a credential equivalent to a high school diploma in the area of math.

She was also Asheville City Schools’ 2013 Summer School Plus Program Administrator, during which she worked to organize and develop the district’s summer school program for five elementary schools. In addition to overseeing 200 learners and 40 staff members, Cobb developed a master academic and enrichment schedule and worked alongside community partners to provide experiential learning activities and opportunities for all students in attendance.

In 2008, Cobb received Asheville City Schools’ Outstanding Teaching Award. The NC Council of Teachers in Mathematics too honored her as the state’s Outstanding Secondary Math Teacher.

In addition to her school work, Cobb is on the Board of Directors for Children First - Communities in School, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and previously served on the Board of Directors for Building Bridges as well as the Asheville Youth Football and Cheerleading Leading.

Cobb earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Tuskegee University and was a member of the NASA Research Project during her time as a Golden Tiger. She also holds a Master of Education Leadership degree from East Tennessee State University as well as a Principal License.

When she’s away from school, Cobb enjoys cooking, baking, scrapbooking and spending time with her family. She enjoys traveling with her husband, Demesah Cobb and their three children, Kokayi, Keyvaun and Ashanti.