The North Carolina Leadership Academy (NCLA) Fellows

2017-2019

NCLA Fellows

 



Shavon Brown
School District: Edgecombe County

Shavon Brown earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English education from East Carolina University. She earned National Board Certification in 2010. She was recognized as Teacher of the Year for the 2016-2017 school year. She has served as a member of the Digital Conversion Team providing technology training to other teachers. She has also served as the English department chair and the secretary of the School Improvement Team. She has been actively involved in extra-curricular activities including yearbook, National Honor Society, and prom committee. Shavon currently teaches English at Tarboro High School. During her residency year, she will be at G. W. Carver Elementary.



Byron Bullock
School District: Edgecombe County

Byron, a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education at East Carolina University. He currently teaches English I and English II at Edgecombe Early College High School. Byron is also a co-leader of the school’s PBIS committee and member of the School Improvement Team. During his residency year, he will be at W. A. Pattillo Middle School.



Leaundra Clay
School District: Duplin County

Leaundra Clay graduated with Honors from Hampton University where she received a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice. While attending Hampton, she was a member of Golden Key International Honor Society, treasurer of Phi Alpha Delta Honor Society, and vice president of Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society. During her undergraduate years, Leaundra spent time interning at Hampton Regional Roads Jail and the Hampton Sheriff’s Department. In 2014, Leaundra joined Teach For America in Eastern North Carolina where she served as the region’s social studies liaison. Over the past 3 years, Leaundra has taught 6th & 7th grade social studies at Warsaw Middle School. Leaundra is currently the PBIS chair, the social studies department chair, and culinary arts instructor. It is Leaundra’s lifelong goal to provide a superior education in order to deter incarceration among our youth. During her residency year, she will be at Kenansville Elementary School.



Jamilah Collins
School District: Edgecombe County

Jamilah earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Bethune-Cookman University. She was a 2014 Teach for America Corps Member in Eastern North Carolina. Jamilah currently teaches American History at North Edgecombe High School in Tarboro, North Carolina. She served as the social studies department chair and currently serves on the School Improvement, Innovation Scheduling, and Opportunity Culture teams. Additionally, Jamilah has served as a Servant Leader Intern for the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School program at the Peacemakers of Rocky Mount site in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. During her residency year, she will be at North Edgecombe High School.



Natalie Cook
School District: Greene County

Natalie earned an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a Master Literacy Trainer for grades K-3. In 2016 she was selected as Teacher of the Year for her school. She is also the 2016-2017 teacher of the year for Greene County Schools. Natalie currently teaches first grade in the Los Puentes dual immersion program at Snow Hill Primary School in Snow Hill. During her residency year, she will be at Greene County Intermediate School.



Christopher Cullom
School District: Franklin County

Christopher earned his undergraduate degree in history education from Campbell University. He serves as a social studies teacher, baseball coach, and Power Lunch Coordinator for Bunn High School. Christopher has served as a member of the School Improvement Team, Leadership Team, and co-founder of Rho Kappa at Bunn High School. He was a 2016 Bright Ideas Grant recipient. He has led the Bunn High School baseball team to five consecutive Northern Carolina Conference Championships and is a three time NCC Coach of the Year. During his residency year, he will be at Terrell Lane Middle School.



Hunter Dansby
School District: Duplin County

Hunter Dansby earned an undergraduate degree in Finance and Business with Honors from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He currently teaches in Duplin County at James Kenan High School, serves as the Mathematics Department Chair and School Improvement Team representative, and is a 2nd year Teach For America Corps Member. He teaches Math 1 and is the creator and instructor of the school’s first formal ACT prep program for juniors. He was James Kenan High School’s Beginning Teacher of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year and is also the Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach. During his residency year, he will be at Warsaw Elementary School.



Cassandra Haddock
School District: Edgecombe County

Cassandra Haddock earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at East Carolina University; she is also licensed as a Reading Specialist for grades K-12. She was recognized as Teacher of the Year in 2015. She serves as SIT team chair, grade chair, STEM chair, PBIS team member, and Beginning Teacher mentor. She is currently working towards becoming a Global Educator through VIF training. Cassandra currently teaches 5th grade Science. One of her favorite quotes from Dr. King is “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” During her residency year, she will be at West Edgecombe Middle School.



Becky Hines
School District: Lenoir County

Becky earned a Bachelor of Science from North Carolina State University in agricultural business and agricultural and extension education with a communications concentration. She was a lateral entry teacher and has taught middle grades science and agricultural education. In addition to her teaching duties, Becky serves as the school’s STEM Coordinator, FFA Advisor, School Improvement Team member and Science Olympiad Coach. Becky has an active role in district level activities as the STEM Summer Camp Director and North Carolina Science Olympiad Elementary Division Regional Director. Her love for agriculture extends beyond the classroom as a curriculum specialist for the North Carolina Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom program. Becky currently teaches middle grades agricultural education at Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School in Kinston. During her residency year, she will be at LaGrange Elementary School.



Emily Kicklighter
School District: Wilson County

Emily earned an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Meredith College and a Master’s degree in Church Music from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She was recognized as Teacher of the Year in 2014. She coordinates the Wilson All-County Middle School Chorus. Emily currently teaches Chorus and General Music at Springfield Middle School in Wilson County. She serves as the Leadership Team Chair, School Improvement Team Chair and MTSS Team Chair. Her students consistently participate in the NC Honors and All-State Choruses and receive Superior ratings at the NC Music Performance Adjudication. During her residency year, she will be at Speight Middle School.



Tyler Morris
School District: Franklin County

Tyler earned his degree in history education from North Carolina State University. He was recognized as his school’s teacher of the year in 2014. He served on his school’s leadership and data teams. He was also a member of his district EmpowerED team, which focuses on ways to improve digital learning in the classroom. He also served as the social studies chairperson at his school. Tyler currently teaches AP World History and Civics & Economics at Bunn High School. During his residency year, he will be at Bunn High School.



Keith Neal
School District: Lenoir County

Keith graduated from Kinston High School in 2002, and then attended North Carolina State University. After he earned his undergraduate degree, he began his teaching career at Rochelle Middle School. Keith taught middle school from 2008-2012. Currently, he teaches history at Kinston High School. Keith believes that being a teacher is so much more than teaching content or getting great scores on standardized tests; it is building positive relationships to help students exceed their expectations. During his residency year, he will be at Northeast Elementary School.



Jessica Parker
School District: Edgecombe County

Jessica earned an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Jessica has taught in both elementary and middle school settings in the twin counties (Edgecombe and Nash Counties). After years of bringing excitement into the classroom by incorporating technology and cultivating a love for learning, she was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2016. She is an active member of the School Improvement Team, the AMPLIFY ECPS Technology Innovation Team, and the Opportunity Culture School Design Team for her district. Jessica is currently serving as an Instructional Coach at Coker-Wimberly Elementary School in Battleboro North Carolina. During her residency year, she will be at Coker- Wimberly Elementary.



Wendy Piro
School District: Lenoir County

Wendy earned an undergraduate degree in Child Development with an add-on K-6 license from Meredith College. She participated in Project LEAP at East Carolina University, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with an add-on license in English to Speakers of Other Languages. She has been recognized twice as Teacher of the Year. She actively serves as second Vice President for the Sigma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. This is her 17th year in education. She is currently working as the ELA Curriculum Specialist for Southeast Elementary School. During her residency year, she will be at Northwest Elementary School.



Brittany Rose
School District: Wilson County

Brittany earned a degree in Middle Grades Education with concentrations in Mathematics and Science from East Carolina University in 2013. Brittany has participated in the Meredith Math and Science Institute, eLearning training, Science curriculum development, and professional development highlighting student achievement and growth. She was recognized as Springfield Middle School Teacher of the Year. Brittany currently teaches eighth grade science and Math I at Springfield Middle School in Wilson. During her residency year, she will be at Elm City Elementary School.



Rebecca Sugg
School District: Edgecombe County

Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from North Carolina State University and a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from East Carolina University. She began her career as a 7th grade math teacher at West Edgecombe Middle School. Rebecca has worked as a counselor in Edgecombe County for the past 7 years and is currently counseling students at SouthWest Edgecombe High School. Rebecca serves as the lead high school counselor for Edgecombe County. During her residency year, she will be an Assistant Principal at SouthWest Edgecombe High School.



LaToyha Washington
School District: Lenoir County

LaToyha earned an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Winston-Salem State University and a Master of Arts degree in Reading Education (K-12) from East Carolina University. She was recognized as Teacher of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year and named Lenoir County’s Top 3 Teacher of the Year finalist. She has received training as a Master Literacy Trainer by NCDPI and has had the privilege of presenting at Learning Forward’s National Teaching Conference. Her daily intent, as an educator, is to make an IMPACT. LaToyha currently serves as the K-2 literacy coach at Northeast Elementary School in Lenoir County. During her residency year, she will be at Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School.



Keisha White
School District: Lenoir County

Keisha earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from East Carolina University. She was recognized as Northeast Elementary’s 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year and WITN Channel 7’s “Teacher of the Week”. She served as a Beginning Teacher Mentor and a panel speaker for the North Carolina New Teacher Support. Keisha currently teaches third grade and is grade chair at Northeast Elementary School. During her residency year, she will be at Banks Elementary School.



Rommy Woodley
School District: Franklin County

Rommy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree and certification of Spanish translation from San Diego State University. She taught in the private school sector and received her North Carolina teaching certification from North Carolina Central University. She is currently teaching Spanish at Franklinton High school where she is the Foreign Language Department chair, a member of the staff development team and a member of the School Leadership Team. During her residency year, she will be at Franklinton Elementary School.



Rashida Yellock
School District: Greene County

Rashida earned a Master of Education in Training and Development from NC State University. She also earned a Master of Arts in Teaching elementary education from East Carolina University. Rashida is an active participant in her grade level PLT, currently hosts a senior intern from East Carolina University in her classroom, is a 2016-17 SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) participant, a member of the PBIS committee and a member of the science committee at school. Rashida took part in updating science and math curriculum maps for the 2016-2017 school year. Currently, Rashida teaches math and science to fourth grade transition students at Greene County Intermediate School. During her residency year, she will be at West Greene Elementary.