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LaSaundra Siddle, an educator for 16 years, was named assistant principal of Southeast Collegiate Prep Academy. 

She has previously served as an MTSS interventionist, business education teacher, CTE leadership team member, and SIT team member. 

She also served as an athletic coach for high school volleyball, girls’ basketball, and cross country. She attained these positions in Guilford County, Moore County Schools, Roanoke Rapids Graded District, and Winston-Salem-Forsyth County Schools.

Siddle began her teaching career in Guilford County as a Plato teacher and girls’ volleyball and basketball coach. 

She also used her coaching style in the classroom by practicing good habits continuously and repetitively. 

Siddle has enjoyed 70 percent or more of her students being proficient during her time in the classroom. 

Siddle worked in an alternative setting at Main Street Academy in Winston- Salem/Forsyth County Schools. 

She acquired training on de-escalation and restorative practices at Main Street. She has utilized these techniques throughout her career in education.

Siddle received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master’s degree in sports leadership from Duquesne University. She earned her school administrators license from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. 

Siddle enjoys traveling, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends. She lives by the Ghandi quote, “The future depends on what we do in the present.”

Superintendent Eric Cunningham said, “It is a pleasure to have Ms. Siddle as a part of the team. Her experience and expertise will serve the students of Southeast Collegiate Prep Academy well.”

Employee of the month

LaShanda Hedgepeth was named October’s Employee of the Month. 

She serves as the front desk receptionist and bus driver at Northwest Collegiate & Technical Academy.

Hedgepeth is responsible for greeting and welcoming guests and receiving and delivering all incoming calls and messages. 

She assists students, staff, and guests in any capacity the principal asks. 

Tracy Brinkley said, “Mrs. LaShanda Hedgepeth is a fabulous employee, a huge asset to Northwest Collegiate and Technical Academy, and so deserving of this award. Her skills as our front desk receptionist are impeccable.”

Brinkley said Hedgepeth “keeps things in the office running smoothly. Her

enthusiastic and positive energy is a plus since she is the first point of contact for anyone entering the front office or calling on the phone. Mrs. Hedgepeth does an awesome job taking calls and delivering messages. She has a positive rapport with parents, visitors, and students.” In addition to her front desk responsibilities, Hedgepeth volunteers on various committees, including homecoming and prom. 

“Thank you for acknowledging my work ethic, dedication, and skills as I serve as the receptionist and bus driver for NCTA,” Hedgepeth said. “My goal is to continue doing both jobs to the best of my ability. I look forward to serving many more years with Halifax County Schools.” 

Said Cunningham: “We are proud of Mrs. Hedgepeth and her contributions to Halifax County Schools. Her willingness to serve our students, staff, and community is greatly appreciated.”

Student of the month

Jayla Richardson has been recognized as October's Student of the Month. 

Jayla is a junior at Northwest Collegiate & Technical Academy. 

Her favorite subject is math because once she learns it, it is easy for her to do it. 

Jayla's hobby outside school is talking to her friends on the phone. 

Her advice for other students is to keep their circle small and focus on their classes. 

Jayla’s thoughts about school and being selected Student of the Month are, “School has its good and bad days. I enjoy learning new things, so I like being at school, especially with my friends. I did not expect to be selected for Student of the Month.”

Gilbert Avent said, “Jayla Richardson is a wonderful young lady and an excellent student. She is a conscientious student, thinks critically, and is very articulate. She is deeply insightful and a self-motivated individual. Her written assignments are always exceptional.”

Jayla is also a member of the Lady Vikings Volleyball team. 

“I am proud of Jayla for excelling within the classroom and extracurricular activities,” Cunningham said.