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Administrative Team

Meet the Granville Academy staff:

GA Staff


Mrs. Kelly Helner, Principal

Mrs. Helner

Mrs. Kelly Helner is the principal of Granville Academy, the district’s flagship blended in-person and virtual K-12 school.  Mrs. Helner has served Granville County Schools for 5 years as an Assistant Principal at Granville Central High School and then at Creedmoor Elementary School. She began her public education career as a Business Education teacher in Orange County Schools after having served as a Corporate Executive.  Mrs. Helner holds undergraduate degrees in Business Administration, Information Technology, History and a Masters in School Administration from UNC. She and her husband are the proud parents of two sons both of whom are graduates of North Carolina Public Schools and now East Carolina University.  

Dr. Stan Winborne, commented on her role, saying “Mrs. Helner brings a unique set of professional experiences to her new role.  Her leadership will be an excellent fit for this dynamic and innovative school.  I look forward to working with her as Granville Academy continues to grow and serve the diverse needs of students and families who are seeking a flexible, personalized learning environment.  We are excited about the future of this school!”


Mrs. Cierra Harris, Dean of Instruction & Assistant Principal


Cierra Harris is a native of Vance County. She graduated from, Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education(K-6). She also graduated from High Point University with her Master of Education in Educational Leadership. She has been teaching for 8 years. She taught for 7 years in Vance County. This is her second year in Granville County. I am very passionate about student growth academically and socially.  I am also excited to work with our school community to provide the best education for our students. 

 Cierra enjoys spending time with her family, singing, fishing, and playing board games. Cierra has been married to her husband for five years and currently lives in Vance County.