EDENTON — Three Edenton-Chowan school administrators will switch roles early next year, Superintendent Rob Jackson announced last week.
Alton Campbell, currently principal at Chowan Middle School, will assume the role of interim director of testing and student support for the Edenton-Chowan Schools on Jan. 3.
Michelle White, currently principal at D.F. Walker Elementary School, will take over as principal at Chowan Middle School, also on Jan. 3.
Linda White, currently the school district’s director of elementary education, Title 1 and pre-K programs, will become interim principal at D.F. Walker Elementary School where she will serve from Jan. 3 until the end of the school year.
According to the Edenton-Chowan Schools, Campbell previously served as the principal at Northeastern High School and as an assistant principal at Farmville Central High School. He also has taught middle grade math and science. Campbell began his teaching career at Bertie County High School where he was named Teacher of the Year in 2013.
Campbell is a Morehouse College graduate, earning a degree in accounting and an economics minor. He received his master’s degree in school administration from Elizabeth City State University and his teaching endorsement from East Carolina University. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society.
Michelle White has worked for the district for seven years. Before becoming principal at D.F. Walker, she previously worked as principal at White Oak Elementary. Under White’s leadership, D.F. Walker was selected as North Carolina’s 2019 ESEA National Title I Distinguished School in the category of high progress. D.F. Walker was one of two North Carolina schools chosen to be finalists for the award out of approximately 1,400 Title I schools across the state.
She is a graduate of East Carolina University, earning a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in instructional technology. White earned a second master’s degree in educational leadership from Elizabeth City State University. She also earned National Board Certification as a teacher.
She has received several awards and honors, including being named Edenton-Chowan Schools Principal of the Year, Northeast Regional Principal of the Year; North Carolina National Distinguished Elementary Principal, Perquimans County Schools Teacher of the Year, Rotary Teacher of the Year, Regional Teacher of the Year runner-up, National Disney Teacher of the Year finalist. She also received the Rex Whittington Award for Outstanding Contribution to Community Education in North Carolina.
Linda White has worked in public education for more than 20 years. She previously served as principal at Perquimans Central School and Hertford Grammar School. She taught elementary school and served as a middle school instructional facilitator. She also served as a district accountability coordinator and as an assistant principal. White also served on the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s Transformation Team as a middle school district and school transformation coach.
White earned her doctorate degree in education leadership in school administration from East Carolina University. She earned National Board Certification for teaching in early adolescence, English language arts.
She has received several awards and honors, including recognition as the North Carolina Association of Educators’ State Principal of the Year, College of The Albemarle’s Distinguished Woman of the Year, and Perquimans County Schools’ Principal of the Year.
Jackson said the district and its students will benefit from the changes.
“I believe that these new assignments will help our school system continue to grow and offer the best instructional opportunities and programs for our students,” he said. “Mrs. Michelle White, Mr. Alton Campbell and Dr. Linda White are each caring and dedicated educators who will continue to have a deep and lasting impact on the lives of children in their new opportunities to serve the children of Chowan County.”
The transfers, which will take place Jan. 3, 2020, involved the principal positions at Chowan Middle and D. F. Walker, as well as an administrative role.
Michelle White, currently principal of D.F. Walker Elementary School, will assume the role of principal of Chowan Middle School.