Sutton Steps In
Rutherford County Schools has a new face around the office.
Dr. David Sutton is the new Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the school system. He is replacing Dr. Barbara Parker who recently resigned to become president of Haywood Community College.
"I saw the vacancy listing on the Rutherford County Schools website and I knew almost right away that it was a job that I wanted to pursue," Sutton said.
Sutton has vast experience in public education, working as a teacher and at various administrative levels in Translyvania County Schools. He began his career in 1994 as an English teacher at Rosman High School after he graduated as a Teaching Fellow from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
"Shortly after starting my work as a teacher, I went back to work on my Masters Degree in administration. Then I left Rosman High School to become assistant principal at Brevard Middle School. I spent several years there before going to the district office," Sutton said.
During his time in the district office, Sutton worked in information analysis systems and then transitioned to human resources.
"I enjoy all things related to public schools really. I sort of knew when I was a high school student myself that public education was where I wanted to spend my time and devote my life and I haven't regretted it for one day since I started," Sutton said. "I've had a really great experience. I've loved everything that I've done in public education and loved the people that I've worked with in public education. It's been a very rewarding experience for me. I feel very fortunate to say quite truthfully that I love the work that I do."
Sutton chose to apply for the assistant superintendent position because of the location and the reputation of the RCS system.
"First and foremost I was attracted to the job because this is the kind of community that I think is a great place to raise a family. I have a wife and two children of my own and that was appealing to me right away," Sutton said. "This is also a very forward-thinking school system with the way the district has embraced 21st century technologies. I felt like it was a great fit and a great place to be personally and professionally."
According to Sutton, in his new role he will be working with the seven members of the curriculum and instruction team to advance the work of the schools, support teachers, embrace the goals of the community and offer students opportunities to be successful while they are in school and after graduation.
"The nature of the work in curriculum and instruction is different than the work in human resources that I've done in the past 10 years. It is exciting to me to think about being more directly and deeply engaged in the teaching and learning that happens in schools," Sutton said. "Over the past several weeks the thing I have really enjoyed is getting to know the people with whom I'm going to have an opportunity to work with in this district. This department is tremendous and this office is fantastic. I've had the opportunity to visit a few schools and I've been genuinely very impressed with the quality of teachers, administrators and students that make up Rutherford County Schools."
Sutton said he is looking forward to the upcoming school year and getting out to visit more of the schools. But for now, he is concentrating on professional development for teachers.
"We are working on a schedule for professional development activities that will be underway once the school year gets started in the next few weeks. Teachers will be busy teaching but they will also be learning too," Sutton said. "We're excited about creating opportunities for them during the work days before the school year gets underway to give them the tools they need to do their work as well as they possibly can."
He has been very impressed with the warm reception he has received since his appointment became effective on July 1 and believes the people are what make Rutherford County a special place.
"The people are very genuine. They are working hard for kids, they're doing the right things and I think it's a great place to live and to work," Sutton said. "My vision right now is to be the very best assistant superintendent that I can for Rutherford County Schools. My goal is to do the thing that's in front of me as well as I possibly can, be a good servant for this community and a good leader for this school district."