High Point Schools Partnership (HPSP) is a volunteer-led, grassroots initiative affiliated with Guilford Education Alliance (GEA).  It was started in 2019 when community leaders led by Business High Point and the High Point Community Foundation began to explore ways to promote, strengthen and advocate for great schools in High Point.

Partnership members are part of an ever-growing and diverse group –  business leaders, community leaders, elected officials, philanthropists, educators, parents, grandparents, and others – who know that great schools are the foundation of a thriving community.  HPSP works to build impactful connections between GCS schools and the wider High Point community, celebrate excellence in GCS students and educators in High Point, and advocate for fully-funding our schools. A member of the High Point Schools Partnership always serves on the GEA board to ensure coordination of strategy and planning with countywide efforts.

In the fall, HPSP hosts the Extraordinary Educators luncheon, recognizing one outstanding educator at each of the GCS schools in High Point. In the spring, HPSP’s Student Excellence Awards recognize one high school senior at each GCS high school in High Point who have overcome obstacles and excelled. Throughout the year, HPSP works to build individual partnerships with schools in a wide variety of ways and hosts monthly Ambassador meetings to build relationships between educators and community members.


The High Point Schools Partnership areas of focus:

  1. Build impactful connection between the community and GCS schools in High Point through partnerships and programs.
  2. Celebrate the achievements of GCS students, educators and schools in High Point.
  3. Support the recruitment, retention, and rewarding of excellent GCS teachers and administrators in High Point.
  4. Advocate for fully funding our schools.

High Point Schools Partnership Staff

Dawn Spencer, Program Coordinator

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Raven Jefferson, Community Resource Coordinator

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High Point Schools Partnership Executive Committee

Matthew P. Thiel, Chair
President, Signature Wealth Strategies, High Point

Ethan Overcash, Treasurer
Pastor, Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Dr. Joe Blosser
Chief Impact Officer, The Earl & Kathryn Congdon Family Foundation

Edith Brady
Director, High Point Museum

Jakki Davis
Executive Director/ Co- Founder, D- Up

Kimberly Drye-Dancy
Director, Center for Community Engagement, High Point University

Dr. Elma Hairston
Founder & Managing Director, Dynamic Images International LLC

Allan Johnson
Program Administrator, Community Engagement & Advocacy
Guilford County Schools

Jusmar Maness
Chief Academic Officer, Guilford County Schools