Northeast Regional School Staff Members
Mr. Hal Davis, Principal
Mr. Davis has served over 30 years as an educator in the area. He served previously in Martin County Schools as the principal of Bear Grass High School and most recently as the Secondary Education Director for the district. He has a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree from NC State University in Agricultural Education. He also attained his Sixth Year Certification in Agricultural and Vocational Education at NC State University. He has his Principal and Supervision Administrative Certification from East Carolina University. Mr. Davis is ambitious and excited about the Northeast Regional School and what it will offer to the students of this region.
Dr. Melanie Stanley, Director of Educational Programs
Dr. Stanley has over 20 years of experience as an educator. She has teaching and administrative experience in K-12 public education, as well as, higher education. Prior to coming to NERSBA, Dr. Stanley served as the Chief Human Resource and Accountability Officer of Washington County Schools. She enjoys being outdoors and being active. She is looking forward to an exciting and educational year at NERSBA.
Mrs. Tracie Asby, Lead Teacher
Mrs. Asby came to NERSBA from the Beaufort County School system, where she taught mathematics for 7 years. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Mathematics Education. Mrs. Asby has a NC Teaching License for mathematics in grades 6-12. She is very excited to be part of the NERSBA faculty as the mathematics specialist and teacher of the Fundamentals of Algebra class. Mrs. Asby is a native of Beaufort County and currently resides in Pinetown with her husband, Eric, and 2 daughters, Natalie & Corabeth.
Mrs. Julie Gurganus, Director of Technology
Prior to coming to the Northeast Regional School, Mrs. Gurganus served as an educator for over 20 years with Washington County Schools. She has a Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Business Education from East Carolina University, as well as her Library Science Certification and Computer Education Endorsement. She is excited about the opportunity to provide instructional technology support for both students and staff and to be a part of a new and innovative school. Mrs. Gurganus lives in Plymouth and enjoys spending time with her family.
Ms. Jessica Newman, Career Development Coordinator
Mrs. Jessica Newman was born and raised in Virginia's Tidewater area of Newport News and Hampton. Mrs. Newman relocated to North Carolina in 2008 after falling in love with the area during a semester at NC State. Following a medical discharge from the NC State Navy ROTC program, she returned home and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BS in Criminal Justice and a minor in Human Resource Management. After graduating, she worked with the NC Department of Corrections for 2.5 years as an Adult Probation and Parole Officer where she made the realization that she wanted to have a more proactive role in developing the lives of others. While living in Greenville and pursuing her master’s degree at ECU in Criminal Justice, she met her husband Richard, a native of Hyde County, and moved to Swan Quarter in 2011. Upon relocation, she took a position as a Training and Employment Specialist with the Northeastern Workforce Development Board helping both youth and adults to find their place in the workforce through various training programs and scholarship opportunities. She joined NERSBA during the 2014-2015 school year and looks forward to helping our scholars develop a plan of action for success not only during their time here, but in preparation for their entrance into the real-world of continued education and employment. During her spare time, Mrs. Newman enjoys spending time on the water and outdoors in beautiful Hyde County with her husband and two dogs. She is scheduled to complete her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from UNC-Fayetteville December of this year and will continue to pursue higher education in the area of Career Development.
Ms. Stacy Vander Meeden, Humanities Instructor
Ms. Vander Meeden comes to the Northeast Regional School from the Washington Montessori School. She also has been an educator with Martin County Schools. Ms. Vander Meeden is teaching English and World Civilizations through the Humanities course.
Mrs. Kristie Hardison, English Instructor
Mrs. Kristie Hardison is a local resident from the Farm Life Community. She has taught school for 22 years, primarily with Martin County Schools. She graduated with her Bachelor's Degree and Master's of Education Degree from East Carolina University. She became National Board Certified in 2003 and re-certified in 2013. Mrs. Hardison is married to Chris Hardison, a Jamesville native, and has one son, Noah, who is a senior at Riverside High School. She looks forward to this new journey working with NERSBA scholars.
Mrs. Sheena Slade, Humanities Instructor
Mrs. Slade was raised in Tyner N.C. She has been teaching for six years and has three children, one dog and a husband of 7 years. Mrs. Slade loves to read and write and currently resides in Washington County.
Mr. Will Prettyman, Humanities Instructor
Mr. Prettyman comes to NERSBA from Craven County where he taught US History at Early College EAST. He is a resident of Martin County who has also taught at Beaufort County Early College High School. He teaches World History and Civics and Economics to NERSBA Scholars. In his free time, Mr. Prettyman enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and playing all types of games.
Mrs. Connie Smith, Math Instructor
Mrs. Smith previously taught at Plymouth High School in Washington County for the past 18 years. She is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education. She is certified to teach mathematics for grades 9-12. She is a native of Washington County where she presently resides with her husband and four children. She is happy to be part of the family at NERSBA and hopes to encourage many students to think outside of the box.
Mrs. Christi Rogerson, Math Instructor
Mrs. Rogerson is a native of Martin County where she grew up in the Farm Life community. After graduating from Williamston High School, she received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mathematics Education from Atlantic Christian College in Wilson. At East Carolina University, Mrs. Rogerson was a graduate assistant where she taught College Algebra and earned her Master’s of Education Degree in Mathematics Education. She has taught Mathematics at Plymouth High School for the last 24 years before coming to NERSBA. Mrs. Rogerson resides in Plymouth with her husband, Rodney, and their two children, Christopher and Lauren. She looks forward to working with the NERSBA scholars. Mrs. Rogerson may be reached via email at .
Ms. Ginny Paul, Science Instructor
Ms. Paul was born and raised in beautiful eastern North Carolina and for most of her life has called the tiny town of Bath home. She graduated from Northside High School and then East Carolina University. She has a BS in Secondary Science Education with a concentration in biology and specializing in biotechnology. After college, Ms. Paul moved to Tennessee and was a veterinary technician. She then moved to the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, Madison County North Carolina, where she taught school for several years and enjoyed her time there teaching classes including Biology, Forensic Science, and Earth Science. She returned to Eastern NC and taught at Southside High School before coming to NERSBA. In her free time, she enjoys riding her horses, spending time with her family, fishing, four wheeling, camping, wakeboarding and snowboarding.
Mrs. Buffy Everette, Agriscience Instructor
Mrs. Everette has taught with Beaufort County Schools for over 5 years. She has a degree in Agriculture Education and Special Education. Mrs. Everette teaches Agriscience and Enviromental & Natural Resources. She is also the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Advisor.
Mrs. Sarah Bennett, Science Instructor
Mrs. Bennett spent most of her life in Winston-Salem, NC, graduating from Reagan High School in Pfafftown, NC. She left the triad area to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, Mrs. Bennett studied Biology and Education. Upon gradation, Mrs. Bennett moved to Plymouth, NC, to pursue her career in education at NERSBA. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, sailing, surfing, skiing, and snowboarding. She is very excited to share her love of science and the outdoors with students.
Mr. Jonathan Riggs, Agriscience Instructor
Mr. Riggs is a native of the Winterville area in Pitt County and grew up on a small farm that has been owned and operated by his family continuously since the 1890s. Mr. Riggs has been raising livestock for over 10 years and currently raises goats, chickens, and rabbits on the family farm. Prior to coming to NERSBA, Mr. Riggs graduated from North Carolina State University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. While at NC State, Riggs worked for 3 years at the Small Ruminant Educational Unit, eventually as Student Manager, and was very involved in Student Government as a representative for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences- working to give a strong voice to agriculture students and to keep student tuition, fees, and expenses as low as possible. Mr. Riggs worked briefly for the swine industry in management at a sow farm before turning to agricultural education and coming to NERSBA. Mr. Riggs teaches various agriculture courses and is one of the FFA Advisors.
Ms. Angel Pearsall, Instructional Facilitator
Mrs. Melissa Woolard, Instructional Facilitator
Ms. Ana Gomez, Instructional Facilitator
Mr. Tremaine James, Instructional Facilitator
Mrs. Inga Spruill, Administrative Assistant & PowerSchool Data Manager
Mrs. Spruill is the bookkeeper of the Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience and secretary to the Board of Directors of NERSBA. She resides in Roper with her husband and two sons.