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Entrepreneurs are often the best teachers of entrepreneurship. Accordingly, music executive, former Def Jam Recordings president, and CEO of KWL Enterprises, Kevin Liles has teamed up with communication technology giant Verizon. Through the company’s Innovative Learning program for minority males, Liles will visit with participating minority, male middle school and college students at North Carolina A&T State University to discuss the 21st century convergence of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and entrepreneurship.

On Thursday, June 23 beginning at noon, Liles will share best practices in turning innovative ideas into entrepreneurial ventures and tips on delivering a strong “elevator pitch.” During the “Minority Male Makers Entrepreneurship 101” lecture, an extension of the Innovative Learning program, students will be tasked with developing creative, tech-focused business ideas and have an opportunity to practice their skills during the “Elevator Pitch Challenge” with Liles.

In addition to the entrepreneurship seminar, the Minority Male Maker program allows rising sixth through eighth grade students the opportunity to spend one week throughout the summer immersed in hands-on, explorative technology options such as 3D design, app development, coding and more.

Liles’ involvement is particularly relevant to the foundational principles of the program. Not only is he a successful minority male entrepreneur, but he attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland on an electrical engineering scholarship. In addition to his entrepreneurial pursuits, Liles is an active and avid philanthropist.

The “Minority Male Makers Entrepreneurship 101” lecture will be held in the Academic Classroom Building, room 101 on the campus of N.C. A&T.


Four new principals have been named to lead schools in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools starting with the 2016-17 school year.

Rita McPhatter will be the principal of Caleb’s Creek Elementary School; Alicia Bailey will be the principal of Cash Elementary School; Heather Horton will be the principal of Petree Elementary School; and Brad Royal will be the principal of Reagan High School.

McPhatter has been the assistant principal of Caleb’s Creek for six years and was the assistant principal of Latham Elementary for three years. She has been a curriculum facilitator and teacher in Guilford County Schools and a teacher in Richmond, Va., and the District of Columbia. She is replacing Judy Jones, who is retiring.

McPhatter earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Bennett College and a master’s degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Bailey is the interim principal at Southwest Elementary School. She has been the assistant principal at Southwest and at Ashley IB Magnet School over the past six years. She was named the state’s Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year in 2012. Bailey also has taught and served as a writing specialist and academically gifted specialist in Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County Schools. She is replacing Kasey Northrop, who is leaving to be a principal in her native Cumberland County.

Bailey earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from North Carolina A&T State University and a master’s degree in education from Winston-Salem State University.

Horton has been the district’s director of digital teaching and learning since 2014. In that role, she helped schools integrate technology into daily teaching practices. She also has worked as an assistant principal, instructional technology specialist and teacher for Surry County Schools. She is replacing Essie McKoy, who will be the principal of Philo-Hill Magnet School next year.

Horton earned a bachelor’s degree in science from Appalachian State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from High Point University. She will receive her doctorate in educational leadership this summer from High Point University.

Royal has been the principal of Jefferson Middle School since 2010. He was an assistant principal at Mount Tabor High School from 2004 to 2010, and he has taught and coached in WS/FCS and Stokes and Gaston counties. He is replacing Frank Martin, who is retiring.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a master’s degree in school administration from Gardner- Webb University. !