The Halifax County Board of Education approved Superintendent Eric Cunningham’s recommendation of Amy Boyette for the position of District Exceptional Children’s Coach, according to a press release.

Boyette has served in public education for 21 years as a secondary English teacher, K-12 instructional coach, director of UNC’s Regional Teacher Support program, and currently as the principal of Hollister Elementary Leadership Academy. As a teacher, Boyette enjoyed watching high school students become gifted writers and led many groups of seniors to high school graduation until she moved to the state department of education as an instructional coach. In that role, she worked with districts across the state as they transformed their counties to meet the needs of each student in their schools. Boyette transitioned to leadership in 2012 as a director of a new teacher support program that served Eastern North Carolina, including Halifax County, at which point, she earned her second masters in school administration. In 2017, she took the lead at Hollister Elementary Leadership Academy, where she has served as principal for the last four years. In her free time, Boyette enjoys playing with her children and spending time with family and friends.

The board also approved Cunningham’s recommendation for the transfer of Carolyn Mitchell in the position of principal at Hollister Elementary Leadership Academy. Mitchell currently serves as the principal of Pittman Elementary Leadership Academy and has served Halifax County Schools as a classroom teacher, teacher mentor, instructional coach and assistant principal. Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, a Master of Arts in Education Instruction and a Master’s in School Administration. She also holds N.C. teaching licenses in Middle School Language Arts and Middle School Social Studies, along with a certification in Academically Intellectually Gifted (AIG). In addition, Mitchell is the co-founder of Freedom & Abundant Life Coaching & Consulting LLC and holds certification as a Financial Education Instructor and Masterful Life Coach.

Mitchell is married to Thornton Mitchell Sr. and they have two adult sons Thornton Jr. and Danzel. She serves as a deaconess in her church and is a member of the Order of the Easter Star. Mitchell enjoys reading, traveling, working in her church and community, spending time with family and friends, and experiencing new learning opportunities. She said she is excited to have been selected to serve the students and teachers at Hollister Elementary Leadership Academy, as well as the parents and community stakeholders.

Also approved by the board was Cunningham’s recommendation of Tonya Hedgepeth as principal at Pittman Elementary Leadership Academy.

Hedgepeth currently serves as the Instructional Coach for Pittman Elementary Leadership Academy. She is a proud product of Halifax County Schools, according to the press release. She attended Inborden Elementary, Enfield Middle School and Southeast Halifax High School. Hedgepeth received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education K-6 from Elizabeth City State University. She began her educational career as a substitute teacher and secretary, full-time secretary and then teacher. She said she loves the Pittman community and has dedicated her entire 26-year career to the school and community.

Hedgepeth has performed as an elementary teacher in grades 2, 3, 4 and 5, Master Literacy Teacher K-6, instructional coach, and the 2015-2016 Halifax County School’s Teacher of the Year. While teaching, Hedgepeth received a master’s degree in Administrative Leadership in Education from Grand Canyon University. She has served in many leadership roles throughout the district and the school and is a lifelong learner. She recently completed the Icehouse Entrepreneur Mindset Facilitator’s training. She continues to seek professional development opportunities that allow her to stay abreast of what is best for the students of Halifax County.

She is married to Andre Hedgepeth and has two daughters, Khyan and Andreysia. During her free time, she likes to watch movies, go shopping, decorate, and spend time with her family and friends. She enjoys reading and helping others. Hedgepeth said she is grateful for this opportunity and looks forward to starting the next chapter of her career.