Carrie Tulbert is currently in her 13th year as a middle school principal. She has led schools that truly run the gamut of student populations and sizes. She is approaching her 20th year in education. She's proud to be a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. Carrie is a graduate of Meredith College with her BA in English; Gardner Webb University with her Masters in School Administration; and Wingate University with her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Her greatest honor is being a mother of 2 sons, her most important "students," Liam (16) and Luke (9). She passionately believes in public school and its power to transform students' lives. She also truly believes that being a principal is the BEST job in education! She is the 2014 North Carolina Principal of the Year, and she has served on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals' Association for 7 years. She is an active facilitator and teacher for various NCPAPA courses and has been a guest on multiple podcasts in educational leadership. Her favorite quote on leadership comes from DuFour and Marzano and states, "To become the best leader you can be, you must fall in love with leading, with the purpose you serve, and the people with whom you work in fulfilling that purpose."
Marissa Holbrook is entering her first year as an assistant principal. Marissa has worked in various roles during her nine years in the education field. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UNC Charlotte. Her graduate certificate in teaching is from UNC Charlotte. Marissa has a Master of School Administration from UNC Charlotte. Go Niners! She was recognized as Oakwood Middle School's 2023-2024 Teacher of the Year. She is married to Eddie Holbrook and they have one fur baby, Ellie. Marissa has a passion for working with others! Her educational philosophy is that all students can learn and achieve success. Marissa believes that in order for that to happen it is imperative to support staff and work with families.