THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
As is almost always the case, students leave school at the end of the year with one set of administrators and return the next to a new group.
That will be the case in Edgecombe County, as trustees of the Edgecombe County School District have approved a number of administrative changes for the upcoming school year.
Paula Flythe, current Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) Principal of the Year, was named the new director of elementary schools.
“Mrs. Flythe brings enthusiasm, commitment and a keen knowledge of instructional best practices to her new role. She is a team player and a lifelong learner who will provide leadership to our Elementary Instructional Programs,” said Superintendent John Farrelly in an email to the ECPS staff announcing Flythe’s new position.
Flythe will begin her position at the school system’s central office July 1, as the current Director of Elementary Schools Shawna Andrews transitions into her new role as director of middle schools and Title I.
Flythe has served ECPS since 1992, when she moved to Tarboro from Virginia and took a kindergarten teaching position at Stocks Elementary School.
Flythe remained at Stocks as a teacher until 2004, when she was appointed as the school reading coach before earning her master’s in school administration from East Carolina University (ECU) in 2005 and being chosen as the Stocks assistant principal in 2006. Flythe began her tenure at G.W. Bulluck Elementary as assistant principal in 2009 and was named principal of the school in 2010.
The board also approved assignment changes of three principals within the district and the hire of an administrative intern at the May 29 meeting. All four of the changes will take place July 1.
Stephanie Alston, current principal at Stocks, will assume the role of principal at Coker-Wimberly Elementary School. Alston, who has served at Stocks since March 2012, came to the district from Pitt County Schools, where she served as an assistant principal at Sam D. Bundy Elementary School. Alston earned her master’s in school administration from ECU in 2007, where she also earned her bachelor’s in elementary education in 2000.
Erin Swanson, a new administrator to ECPS, will fill the principal vacancy at Stocks when Alston leaves. Swanson most recently worked as an assistant principal at Northwest Halifax High School, where she began in July 2012 after completing a principal internship and serving as interim assistant principal at A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School. From July 2005 to May 2011, Swanson managed various programs within the Teach for America program, serving as program director, school director for the Atlanta Summer Training Institute and the executive director of the Eastern North Carolina Corps during her tenure with the program. She earned a master’s in school administration from North Carolina State University (NCSU) through the Northeast Leadership Academy in May 2012 and her undergraduate degree in English at Wake Forest in May 2001.
Current administrative intern at Stocks Elementary, Amy Pearce, will join Swanson at Stocks as the new assistant principal, a position to be left vacant by the retirement of current assistant principal, Dr. Brenda Hargrove. Pearce completed her master’s in school administration NCSU through the Northeast Leadership Academy in May 2013 and has served at Stocks for the past year during her principal internship. Prior to her internship, Pearce taught mathematics at Tarboro High School.
Current Coker-Wimberly principal Lisa Howell will become the new principal at Phillips Middle School in the 2013-2014 school year. Howell, who has been at Coker-Wimberly since July 2009, came to the district in July 2000 as an assistant principal. She earned her master’s degree in school administration in 1998 from ECU, where she also received her undergraduate degree in special education and teaching in 1991.