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Leonides 'Leo' Nieves III 872 Bridle Dr, Rocky Mount NC 27804

Home: 252-567-8335 I Cell: 252-567-8335 I


Talented educator who is passionate about making the school experience a positive one for each student.
Works to improve school climate so that each student can learn course materials as well as the social skills
they need to
thrive in all aspects of their lives.


Natural born Positive and Experienced in Mentoring

leader encouraging
Fast learner Kind and empathetic Critical thinker
Self-motivated Calm under pressure Hopeful


Master of School Administration, Northeast Leadership Academy (NELA) Fellow, 2018

NC State University Raleigh, NC

Bachelor of Arts: Music Education K-12, 2003

East Carolina University Greenville, NC, USA


Principal Resident/Assistant Principal- NELA Intern August 2017 to Present

Winstead Avenue Elementary School Rocky Mount, NC
Assume the duties of a school administrator
Conduct formal and informal observations as well as teacher evaluations
Lead school-wide initiatives such as Parental Involvement Committee and All Pro Dads Program
Collaborate with school team for Parenting Partners Program
Help facilitate buses and car line
Supervise custodial staff
Collect and analyze Title I Documentation
Help facilitate safety drills (fire drills, lockdowns, evacuations tornado drills)
Address discipline/referrals
Help to manage school social media (Facebook, Twitter, school website)

Director of Bands July 2003 to June 2017

Nash Central High School Rocky Mount, NC
Directed all types of bands, including marching band program, jazz program, and concert programs.
Established positive relationships with students, parents, colleagues and administrators.
Collaborated with parents regarding band program and developed a parent Band Booster Organization.
Worked with community leaders and businesses to provide musical entertainment for various functions.
Engrained the band program as part of the community, city, and state.
Used a variety of teaching methods such as lectures, discussions and demonstrations.
Enforced both classroom and administration policies/rules at all times.
Encouraged discussion of class material to promote critical thinking.
Planned and conducted hands-on activities so students could observe, question and investigate.
Created various performance opportunities for the band program outside of the state including Disney
World (twice), Universal Studios (three times), Washington, D.C., and New York City.
Participated in professional development to learn new teaching methods and developments in field.

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Specialized Trainings/Educational Trips


Summer 2016
o Crucial Conversations
Facilitative Leadership
o Time Management
o Speed Reading
o Leadership and Dale Carnegie
o Special Topics in Literacy
o Emergency Building Plan Training
o Ron Clark Academy National Conference
o Flipped Classroom
o Make It Stick
Fall 2016
o How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
o 2016 National Rural Education Forum and the 108th National Rural Education Association Convention
and Research Symposium at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH
o Grading and Homework Policies
o APA Writing
o Instructional Rounds
o Adult Learning
o Distinguished Leaders in Practice (DLP): #1- Strategic Leadership for High Performing Schools, #2-
Maximizing human Resources for Goal Accomplishment, #3- Building a Collaborative Culture with
Distributive Leadership
o Leadership and Dale Carnegie
o Organizational Management
o Digital Storytelling
o Mindfulness Training
Spring 2017
o Federal Education Policy Institute in Washington DC
o Exceptional Education Workshop and Parent Panel Discussion
o Collaborative Educational Leadership: Building the Professional School Counselor-Administrator
o Communities in Schools
o Micropolitical Leadership Strategies
o Leverage Leadership
o Social Justice and Equity
o Distinguished Leaders in Practice: #4- Improving Teaching and Learning for High Performing Schools,
o Creating a Strong Student and External Stakeholder, #6- Leading Change to Drive Continuous
o 2017 NC No Child Hungry Leaders Conference in Chapel Hill, NC
Summer 2017
o Principal's Academy: The 4 Roles of Great Leaders (Covey)
o Non-violent Crisis Intervention
o SchoolNet
o Restorative Discipline
o EdCamp
o Pedagogy and Poverty
o Principal as a Literacy Leader

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Full Scholarship with the Northeast Leadership Academy (NELA), a leadership preparatory program
designed to develop school leaders in rural northeastern North Carolina. NELA is one of only five
principal preparatory programs recognized by the University Council for Educational Administration
(UCEA) as the top principal preparation program in the United States.
Nash Central High School Teacher of the Year 2012 -13
Nash Central High School Leadership Team Chair 2012 -13
Superintendent's Teacher Advisory Committee for Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools 2012-13
Nash Central High School Mentor Trainer 2012 - present
National School Reform Faculty Coach 2013 - present
Nash Central H.S. Jazz Band performed at the North Carolina State School Board Convention
November 2010 as only ensemble asked to perform
Nash Central H.S. Jazz Ensemble performed at the North Carolina Music Educators Convention as a
model band to the rest of the state November 2011
North Carolina Jazz Region - East Jazz Chair 2012-2014, oversaw 1/3 of middle/high schools in North
North Carolina Band Association Eastern District 11/12 All District Auditions and Clinic Chair 2014
Served as guest clinician to the North Carolina Eastern District Band Clinic (2015), East Region Jazz
Clinic (2016), and several All County Band Clinics (2011-present)
2017 Eastern District 'Award of Excellence' Winner


Yolanda Wiggins, Principal of Winstead Avenue Elementary School,,


Dr. Bonnie Fusarelli, Director of the Northeast Leadership Academy, N.C. State University,, 919-631-2026

Roy Teel, Principal-retired, Northeast Leadership Academy Executive Coach,,