Dr. Travis L. Reeves has been serving as the Superintendent of Surry County Schools since January 7, 2013, following his successful tenure as Superintendent of Ashe County Schools. With over two decades of experience in the field of education, Dr. Reeves’ career has spanned from teaching in the classroom to leading administrative teams and advocating for schools and school districts. His passion for serving the students of North Carolina is evident in his professional background, which extends beyond public education to include serving on the Board of Directors of the Surry Arts Council, The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce, Surry County Economic Development Partnership, a member of the Surry County Early Childhood Partnership, and Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 556.
Since assuming the role of Superintendent at Surry County Schools, Dr. Reeves has implemented several initiatives to provide opportunities for the holistic development of students and address the needs of families. One such initiative is the Leadership Framework, which aims to develop leadership skills among students and staff. Dr. Reeves believes in cultivating leaders and providing educational resources that can assist students in their professional growth post-graduation. He has also led the #Promise4ALL and Career and College Promise (CCP) initiatives, which have shown a significant positive impact on student achievement.
Dr. Reeves’ goal is that all students leave Surry County Schools with more than a diploma. He wants students to earn college credits, industry-recognized credentials, and gain real-world experience through paid internships and apprenticeships. Under his leadership, the CCP initiative has continued to grow year after year. During the 2021-2022 school year, over 50 percent of high school students were enrolled in classes at Surry Community College. He was instrumental in the planning and placement of graduation coaches in schools to help guide students throughout their high school careers. These efforts have led to increased graduation rates in all high schools, growing from 85.8% to 93.8% over the course of 7 years.
The district has also added more flexible learning options, such as Surry Virtual Academy and Surry Online Magnet School. Dr. Reeves is an advocate for personalized learning opportunities for all students and believes this is a key factor in student success. His guidance has spawned the addition of Surry Virtual Academy, an initiative that allows high school students the option of taking some courses online, and Surry Online Magnet School, an online K-12 magnet school.
Dr. Reeves’ achievements and contributions to the field of education have been recognized on several occasions. He was named Superintendent of the Year in the Piedmont Triad Educational Consortium in 2018 and 2020 and has served as the past president of the North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (NCASCD) and as Region 7 president on the board. Dr. Reeves holds a Bachelor of Science in History and Social Science with a Secondary Teaching License from Radford University, a Master of School Administration from Gardner-Webb University, and both a Specialist in Education in School Administration and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Dr. Reeves’ upbringing in Alleghany County, NC, and his commitment to community service and scouting have instilled in him a strong sense of responsibility toward serving the people of North Carolina. He lives in Mount Airy with his wife, Leslie, and their two children, Weatherly, who attends NC State University, and Ridge, who attends North Surry High School.