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The Halifax County Board of Education Monday approved recommendations made by Superintendent Eric Cunningham regarding personnel matters.

Amy Moore Boyette has been named the district’s exceptional children’s coach; Carolyn Mitchell has been named Hollister Elementary Leadership Academy principal; and Tonya Hedgepeth has been named principal at Pittman Elementary Leadership Academy.



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, she enjoys playing with her children and spending time with family and friends.



Mitchell currently serves as the principal of Pittman and has served Halifax County Schools as a classroom teacher, teacher mentor, instructional coach, and assistant principal. 

Mitchell holds a bachelor of science degree in business management, a masters of arts in education instruction and a masters in school administration. 

She also holds North Carolina teaching licenses in middle school language arts and middle school social studies, along with a certification in teaching academically and intellectually gifted students. 

In addition she 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. 



Hedgepeth currently serves as the instructional coach for Pittman Elementary Leadership Academy. 

She is a product of Halifax County Schools.

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 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, a master literacy teacher in grades K-6, instructional coach, and was the 2015-2016 Halifax County Schools Teacher of the Year. 

While teaching, Hedgepeth received a masters 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.