School System Hires New Director of WOES, Director of Exceptional Children’s Programs | New

BEAUFORT –The Carteret County School Board approved the hiring of a new Principal and Director of Exceptional Children’s Programs following a closed session Tuesday night at the end of the regular board meeting.

The board has appointed Dr. Crystal Howard as the new principal of White Oak Elementary School. She will replace Terri Brett, who will retire effective July 1.

The council also named Dr. Anita Boyd as the new director of the exceptional children’s program. She replaces Kim Sarver, who recently retired.

Both will begin their new roles over the summer, according to a press release issued Wednesday morning.

Dr. Howard is currently Principal of Clyde Erwin Elementary School in Onslow County, where she has served as Principal since 2020. She previously served as Principal of Silverdale Elementary School and Vice-Principal of Swansboro Middle School. She is a former teacher and reading specialist at Queen’s Creek Elementary.

Dr. Howard, who grew up in Carteret County and graduated from East Carteret High School, said she looked forward to her new position.

“I am thrilled to join the team at White Oak Elementary School and to build relationships with staff, students and their families,” said Dr Howard. “I look forward to continuing the strong partnership with the White Oak community to support our Wildcats and continue the excellence the school has established.”

Dr. Howard holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from East Carolina University as well as a Masters in Elementary Education from UNC-Wilmington.

Dr. Boyd is the current Director of Exceptional Children’s Programs for the Pamlico County School System. She has held this position for the past five years. She has 20 years of experience as an educator in California, Maryland and North Carolina, including 17 years in North Carolina public schools.

She has teaching experience in general education and special education and has held leadership positions as EC Resource Specialist, EC Curriculum Specialist and Assistant Principal. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social science from Chapman University and a master’s degree in educational administration as well as a doctorate in K-12 instructional leadership from East Carolina University.

“Through my many experiences in education, I have found that it is with respect, trust and teamwork that we can work collaboratively towards positive student outcomes,” she said. “I look forward to serving the students and families of the Carteret County public school system with enthusiasm while fostering these positive outcomes for all students.”

Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson said he was pleased with the hiring of the two new employees.

“I am extremely pleased to welcome two caring, dedicated and experienced leaders to our school system,” he said. “Drs. Boyd and Howard each bring with them incredible expertise and a strong reputation as a leader in serving. Their commitment to students and teachers will help ensure that our school system remains the premier school system in the state and continues to be a place where students feel loved and cared for and where they are fully prepared to exciting and successful lives.

Jeremy S. McLain