Edgecombe educators selected for N.C. Leadership Academy


Byron Bullock, Jessica Parker, Shavon Brown, Rebecca Sugg, Cassandra Haddock and Jamilah Collins, left to right, have been selected for the N.C. Leadership Academy.


From Contributed Reports

Friday, March 17, 2017

Six educators from Edgecombe County Public Schools have been selected to participate in the N.C. Leadership Academy, a principal preparation program designed to develop highly skilled school leaders.

Applicants to the leadership academy complete a rigorous selection process, including a day-long experiential assessment day to identify individuals who are passionate, energetic and effective educators committed to improving the performance of all students.

The selected Fellows receive substantial benefits including a full scholarship, paid internships, conference travel, textbooks and technology materials. They earn a North Carolina school principal license and a master’s degree in school administration from N.C. State University. Graduates make a three-year post degree commitment to lead high-need schools in northeast North Carolina.

“Each component of NCLA is anchored in research-based best practices in leadership preparation and is designed to meet the specific leadership needs of participating school districts,” said Dr. Bonnie Fusarelli, founder of the Northeast Leadership Academy and subsequent leadership academies.

The Edgecombe County Public Schools’ N.C. Leadership Academy Fellows are:

Shavon Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in English education from East Carolina University. She earned National Board Certification in 2010. She was recognized as her school’s Teacher of the Year for the 2016-17 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 chairwoman 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. Brown teaches English at Tarboro High School.

Byron Bullock, an N.C. Teaching Fellow, earned a bachelor’s in Secondary English education at East Carolina University. He teaches English at Edgecombe Early College High School. Bullock is also a co-leader of the school’s PBIS committee and member of the School Improvement Team.

Jamilah Collins earned a bachelor’ts degree in liberal studies from Bethune-Cookman University. She was a 2014 Teach for America Corps Member in Eastern North Carolina. She teaches American history at North Edgecombe High School. She served as the social studies department chairwoman and serves on the School Improvement, Innovation Scheduling and Opportunity Culture teams. Additionally, Collins 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.

Cassandra Haddock earned a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education at East Carolina University. She is also licensed as a reading specialist for grades K-12. She was recognized as her school’s 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 toward becoming a Global Educator through VIF training. Haddock teaches fifth grade science.

Jessica Parker earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She has taught in both elementary and middle school settings in the 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 for her school. 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. Parker is serving as an instructional coach at Coker-Wimberly Elementary School.

Rebecca Sugg earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from N.C. State University and a master’s degree in counselor education from East Carolina University. She began her career as a seventh grade math teacher at West Edgecombe Middle School. Sugg has worked as a counselor in Edgecombe County for the past seven years and is counseling students at SouthWest Edgecombe High School. Sugg serves as the lead high school counselor for Edgecombe County.