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Crystal Gregory named Principal of Innovation Academy at South Campus

Crystal Gregory was named the principal of Innovation Academy at South Campus at a Special Session Johnston County Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Dec. 2.

Gregory comes to Johnston County Public Schools from the Wake County Public School System. She has served in education over the last decade, most recently as Assistant Principal at Willow Spring High School, in Fuquay-Varina, NC.

Gregory will step into her role as the lead learner at Innovation Academy on Jan. 3. Gregory shared that she feels a deep connection to the school, as her children currently attend IASC.

“I am coming from Wake County, but moving to Innovation Academy feels like coming home,” said Gregory. “Our family chose the personalized educational experience that the school offers for our own children, and I believe that all families should have access to this type of education.”

Gregory brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role, having served as Assistant Principal at both Willow Spring High School and Fuquay-Varina High School. She’s also served as an Instructional Management Coordinator for both Wake and Harnett county schools, and a teacher in both Wake and Winston-Salem/Forsyth county schools.

“We look forward to being a part of Mrs. Gregory expanding her educational career here in Johnston County Public Schools,” said Johnston County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy. “She knows the school community, and we believe the students will accomplish great things under her leadership.”

The Innovation Academy, located in Smithfield, offers personalized learning opportunities for its students. The school, which is open to students in grades six through eight, requires student admission through an application process. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2022-2023 school year. 


“This school has been amazing for our family,” said Gregory. “I look forward to impacting change not only for my own children, but for all of the children and families that attend our school.