HCS Board of Directors Fills Key Positions


The School Board of Halifax County Schools has approved the following positions:

Human ressources

Carolyn Mitchell has been named executive director of human resources.

She most recently served as Director of Employee Relations, Recruitment and Retention, Principal of Pittman Elementary Leadership Academy, and served Halifax County Schools as a teacher, mentor teacher, instructional coach, and vice-principal.

Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Educational Teaching, and a Master of Educational Administration.

She holds North Carolina teaching licenses in middle school language arts and social studies and a certification in Intellectually Gifted.

Mitchell is the co-founder of Freedom & Abundant Life Coaching & Consulting and holds certification as a Financial Education Instructor and Masterful Life Coach.

She enjoys reading, travelling, working in her church and community, spending time with family and friends, and discovering new learning opportunities.

“Ms. Mitchell’s wide range of experiences will be instrumental in serving and supporting our schools,” Superintendent Eric Cunningham said.

Finance director

Terry Alston served as Chief Financial Officer.

She began her educational career at Halifax County Schools in the Curriculum and Instruction Department as an Administrative Assistant in 1994 and became Parent Engagement Coordinator in 2000.

Since 2004, she has served as Director of Federal Programs, Public Information Officer and Grants Writer at schools in the town of Weldon.

Alston received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from North Carolina Wesleyan College and a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. She received the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators Award in 2010 and most recently in March.

Alston is an active member of the North Carolina Federal Education Program Trustees.

“I am honored and thrilled to be chosen as the Halifax County Schools Chief Financial Officer,” said Alston. “I look forward to rekindling and building new stakeholder relationships as I accept the recruiting challenge to come and grow.”

Cunningham said: “Mrs. Alston brings a wealth of knowledge and a team spirit to the table. I’m glad she’s coming back to the lighthouse district.

Whole Child Director

Sharon Richardson was named director of The Whole Child.

She was a vice principal for several years at Craven County Schools, where she gained experience at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

During those years, she served as a special education teacher, chairperson for exceptional children, EC liaison, and administrator of programs for exceptional children in her schools.

She has been in education for over 12 years, starting out in special education as a paraprofessional.

Richardson’s work as a paraprofessional has ignited her passion and dedication to improving the academic success of students with different needs.

After graduating from high school, she began her career serving eight years in the United States Marine Corps.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, sociology and criminal justice from Drury University in Missouri.

In 2009, she received her teaching degree in Special Education in Mild-Moderate and Moderate-Severe Disabilities from California National University.

In 2013, his military family moved to North Carolina from California. While living in North Carolina, she earned her master’s degree in special education with an additional degree in school administration from Gardner Webb.

Creating learning environments where all students can succeed has been her personal goal throughout her educational career. “I look forward to contributing to the vision and mission of Halifax County Schools and being that service leader for Halifax staff, students and families.”

Cunningham said: “Mrs. Richardson has an exceptional background with children, and I know his contributions will serve the students of Halifax County schools well.


Katina Lynch has been approved for the position of Director of the Aurelian Springs Institute of Global Learning.

Lynch earned two bachelor’s degrees from East Carolina University, majoring in history and anthropology.

She received her Masters in Educational Administration from North Carolina State University in 2010.

Lynch worked as an assistant principal for 11 years and has additional experience as a social science teacher and site facilitator.

She has served on numerous committees and received honors, such as Vice-Principal and Teacher of the Year awards.

She is also a member of the North Carolina Principal and Assistant Principal Association. “It is a great honor for me to return to the Halifax County School District. I am grateful for the opportunities that have been given to me as an alumnus and educator. I am extremely excited to be able to serve the students, school, and community and provide the same opportunities that I have experienced. »

Said Cunningham: “We are delighted to have Ms. Lynch part of Halifax County Schools. I look forward to seeing all the great things she does and brings to the Aurelian Springs Institute of Global Learning.

Graduate, Digital Media Coordinator

Jasmine A. Ingram, originally from Maryland, has been appointed Licensing and Digital Media Coordinator.

She holds a Master of Arts in Human Resource Development from Bowie State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Computer Imaging from Shepherd University.

She was awarded a four-year fellowship through Shepherd University’s Multicultural Leadership Program, working with a team of people from around the world, including but not limited to Australia, Colombia and the Ghana.

During this time, Ingram has gained experience on a variety of topics including cultural awareness, equality, diversity and inclusion, leadership development, social justice and equity.

She has experience in customer service, multimedia art, and training and development.

She also held a position as a camp director while pursuing her undergraduate studies, working with children from a variety of backgrounds.

Ingram fostered appreciation for people of all social identities and backgrounds and was committed to enhancing cultural diversity and multicultural relationships.

She recently moved to Rocky Mount in April and is looking forward to her new career in human resources.

“We are delighted to have Ms. Ingram part of the team,” Cunningham said. “She will be a major asset to our human resources department.

Deputy director

Joann Pearson has accepted the position of Deputy Principal at William R. Davie Middle STEM Academy.

Pearson is originally from Halifax County and has lived in Roanoke Rapids his entire life.

She has been married to Shane Pearson for 23 years and they have three children, two boys – AJ and Peyton – and a girl – Shyann.

Pearson taught high school history for 22 years between Northampton County Schools, Roanoke Rapids City Schools, and Halifax County Schools.

Pearson came to Halifax County Schools in 2019, where she taught American History in the Southeast for two years.

She earned an associate’s degree from Halifax Community College in 1995 and a bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education from North Carolina Wesleyan in 1998.

Additionally, she earned a master’s degree in school leadership from Grand Canyon University in 2011. She graduated with a master’s degree in school administration — magna cum laude — from North Carolina Central University on May 7.

Pearson completed a one-year assistant manager internship with Brian Biles at William

R. Davie Middle STEM Academy during first semester and second semester with Jerome Williams at Halifax County Early College, where she also served as the school’s testing coordinator. “I am excited to begin my new position at William R. Davie Middle STEM Academy.” Cunningham said: “Mrs. Pearson is an exceptional educational leader who is well equipped to build on the foundations of the William R. Davie Middle STEM Academy.

Deputy director

Ashley Dozier has been appointed Assistant Principal at Enfield Middle STEAM Academy.

She is from Edgecombe County and received her middle school undergraduate degree with a concentration in English and social studies from East Carolina University and her master’s degree in educational administration from Barton College.

She is also a doctoral candidate specializing in curriculum and teaching at Liberty University. Prior to her role at Halifax County Schools, Dozier served as a teacher, literacy counselor and vice-principal.

She is passionate about education and is excited to join the Enfield Middle STEAM Academy family.

“Ms. Dozier’s enthusiasm and dedication will serve the students and staff of Enfield Middle STEAM Academy well,” Cunningham said.


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