Edenton-Chowan Public Schools

"...committed to the preparation of all students as critical thinkers and productive citizens."

800 N. Oakum Street Edenton, N.C. 27932

(252) 482-4436 (252) 482-7309 (fax)

FEDERAL GRANTS REVIEW 2022 (1) (5).pdf

Edenton-Chowan Schools Nutrition Department is officially opening bids for fresh bread for the 2022/2023 school year.

If you are interested in submitting a bid, please contact Stephanie Patsel at 252-482-4436 or spatsel@ecps.k12.nc.us

ECPS Welcomes Leadership Staff

2022-23 New Leader Press Release (1).pdf

Chowan Cares PreK Program Information

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2021-2022 Edenton-Chowan Public Schools Health Protocols

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Stay Home Reminder:

    • We continue to work diligently to provide healthy spaces for our children to learn. Please help us by keeping your child and siblings home if either are symptomatic. Keeping sick children home is one of the best ways to keep our schools open and all children healthy.

Masking Reminder:

    • Students have the option to wear a mask this school year in all indoor settings in all schools including classrooms, locker rooms, and weight rooms, effective February 21st.

    • Students also have the option to wear masks on yellow buses and activity buses.

Quarantine Reminder:

    • Recently, the CDC and NC DHHS made changes for Individuals who test positive or are symptomatic. Individuals who test positive or are symptomatic must isolate for at least 5 days. Please contact the school nurse for guidance on requirements for masking and for returning to school.

    • Students who are unable to attend in-person instruction due to the need to quarantine will be offered remote learning opportunities (through SeeSaw or Google Classroom) and given up to 5 days to make up missed assignments.

Facilities Reminder:

  • ECPS will continue to thoroughly clean and disinfect buildings and buses throughout the day. Multiple times a day, custodians will perform the following duties, among others: Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces: classroom door handles, bathroom floors, sinks, toilets, urinals, and stall handles; providing hand sanitizer, soap, and paper products.

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ECPS Daily Health Announcement:

As of Sunday, May 22, 2022, Edenton-Chowan Schools has received no new reports of confirmed cases among staff or students.


Edenton-Chowan Schools is requesting bids to improve storm water runoff at Chowan Middle School, located at 2845 Virginia Road in Tyner, NC. Please contact Mr. Chris Brabble, Maintenance Director for Edenton-Chowan Schools, to schedule a site visit. Email: cbrabble@ecps.k12.nc.us; Phone: is (252) 482-4158.

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Michelle Newsome Named 2021-2022 ECPS Principal of the Year

Congratulations to White Oak Elementary School Principal Mrs. Michelle Newsome for being selected by her peers to be the 2021-22 Edenton-Chowan Schools Principal of the Year! Mrs. Newsome has quickly made her mark as she is taking every single cubbie places in our vision to achieve excellence through transforming experiences!

Ms. Newsome began her education career in Hertford County Schools as an elementary teacher before transitioning to teach at the elementary level in Gates County Schools. Ms. Newsome also has education experience as a Family Service Specialist for the Methodist Home for Children in Winton NC. Ms. Newsome joined the ECPS family at the “happiest place in Chowan County” in August 2018.

Ms. Newsome earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Chowan University and Masters of School Administration from East Carolina University. Ms. Newsome served as ECPS Assistant Principal of the Year in 2020-21. She was recognized as Teacher of the Year on two separate occasions while at Buckland Elementary School in Gates County. She has also received the RBC Bank Tribute to Teachers Award.

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Sonya Rinehart Named 2021-2022 ECPS Assistant Principal of the Year

Congratulations to John A. Holmes High School Assistant Principal Mrs. Sonya Rinehart for being selected by her peers to be the 2021-22 Edenton-Chowan Schools Assistant Principal of the Year! Mrs. Rinehart leads with passion and a keen awareness for instructional excellence! There is truly no stopping her and her beloved Aces!

Mrs. Rinehart has devoted her 26-year career to the Edenton-Chowan Schools system, even while serving seven years as a Teacher-on-Loan to the North Carolina Department of Public Education where she served as the Regional Education Facilitator. Prior to serving regionally, Mrs. Rinehart served as a Social Studies and Advanced Placement teacher at John A. Holmes High School for 17 years. During her tenure in the classroom, Mrs. Rinehart earned National Board Certification and was twice selected as the John A. Holmes High School Teacher of the Year. She has also represented Edenton-Chowan Schools as the District Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Rinehart was named as the Northeast Regional Teacher of the Year in 2008.

Mrs. Rinehart earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from North Carolina State University and her Master’s Degree in School Administration and Curriculum & Instruction from East Carolina University.

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Casey Spear Named 2021-2022 ECPS Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to John A. Holmes High School CTE teacher Mrs. Casey Spear for being selected to represent Edenton-Chowan Schools with the honorable title of 2021-22 District Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Spear will now compete at the regional level to have an opportunity to be named NC Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Spear's unwavering commitment to her students' goals has earned her respect from her students and admiration from her peers.

Mrs. Spear has served Edenton-Chowan Schools for 12 years as a school nurse and, for the last five years, as a Health Science and Nursing Fundamentals teacher at John A. Holmes. Prior to becoming a teacher, Mrs. Spear served as a school nurse consultant for the NC Department of Health and Human Services. In June 2021, Mrs. Spear submitted her portfolio for National Board Certification. Mrs. Spear was recognized as the Brenda B. Winborne Beginning Teacher of the Year in 2018-19.

Mrs. Spear holds her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from East Carolina University and her Master of Science in Nursing - Community Health Nursing degree from East Carolina University

Congratulations, 2021-2022 Teachers of the Year!

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Catina Byrum, White Oak Elementary School

Mrs. Byrum has been teaching Pre-K at White Oak Elementary since 2004. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education K-12 and Special Education K-12 from Elizabeth City State University. She also has a Birth-Kindergarten Licensure from East Carolina University. She loves working with young children and their families and being their first experience with our schools.

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Betsy Hicks, D.F. Walker Elementary School

As a former student of D.F. Walker Elementary School, Mrs. Hicks is excited to be a teacher (and especially the Teacher of the Year) at a school she once attended!

Mrs. Hicks graduated from Meredith College with a Bachelor of Arts in both Public History and American Civilization, with a minor in Political Science. She holds a Masters of Arts in Education degree in Early Childhood Education from the College of Charleston. Mrs. Hicks has taught 3 and 4 year old preschool, kindergarten, first grade, third grade, and fourth grade over the past 11 years, of which 8 have been in North Carolina.

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Christina Elmore, Chowan Middle School

Mrs. Christina Elmore joined Chowan Middle School in August of 2017. She began her career in Elizabeth City Pasquotank Schools in 2005 as a 7th grade Science teacher. She earned a Bachelors in Biology with a pre-med concentration from ECSU and in 2004 she earned her teaching certification. She began her journey as a Bulldog in 6th grade where she taught Science, then moved to the 8th grade level as Science teacher. During the Covid Pandemic, she filled a critical role as the remote liaison in “Virtual Academy”.

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Casey Spear, John A. Holmes High School

Casey Spear is a Health Science Teacher and HOSA-Future Health Professionals advisor at John A. Holmes High School. She is a Registered Nurse with her MSN from East Carolina University and teaches Nursing Fundamentals which allows students to graduate with a certification as a nurse aide. In this position, she was named the Brenda B. Winborne beginning teacher of the year for school year 2018-2019, participated in revising the Health Science I curriculum with NC DPI, and is currently assisting with the revision of the Foundations of Health Science curriculum with NC DPI. She also participated in remote mentor training and served as a teacher mentor during the school year 2020-2021. Mrs. Spear served as a School Nurse for Edenton Chowan Schools from January 2005 to January 2012 prior to becoming a Regional School Health Nurse Consultant for NC DHHS. Missing the education setting and the family atmosphere, she decided to pursue her passion for teaching and return to John A. Holmes High School in July of 2017. She completed the lateral entry process to obtain her teaching license and has held her continuing professional educator's license since July 2020.

Congratulations, 2021-2022 Instructional Assistants of the Year!

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Tonia Walton, White Oak Elementary School

Ms. Walton spent 16 years in the military. She served as a volunteer at White Oak before she was hired in February of 2015. She currently holds an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and plans to return in the near future to earn her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education.

Brenda Holley, D.F. Walker Elementary School

Mrs. Brenda Holley has been a DF Walker IA for almost 20 years!

She has acquired numerous Early Education courses at College of the Albemarle. Mrs. Holley has served in the roles of Instructional Assistant and Behavior Specialist, and is currently leading the school's Character Education Cultural Arts class. And, she is the school's official popcorn popper for PBIS celebrations!

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Ann Bond, Chowan Middle School

Ms. Ann Bond has been a dedicated employee of Edenton Chowan Schools for nearly 27 years. Her history began at the Maintenance Department in August of 1994. She joined the Bulldogs in 2017 as an Instructional Assistant and bus driver. She has been the leader of the Small Group alternative learning program and last year, she interned with the school counselor. During her time in the school system, Ms. Bond has earned multiple degrees and most recently earned her Master’s in School Counseling.

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Linda Leary, John A. Holmes High School

Ms. Leary has been employed with Edenton- Chowan Schools since 1990. She has a degree in Early Childhood from COA in Elizabeth City. She worked at John A. Holmes for 10 years as a Cafeteria Worker. In 2001, she went to Chowan Middle School to become a Behavior Specialist and a Probation Officer Assistant for 18 years. She returned to JAH in 2017 to be an In School Suspension Coordinator, COA Facilitator and a Chromebook Assistant and a bus driver for 30 years. Through the years, she has received many Bus Driver of the Year awards for her dedication and service.

Congratulations, 2021-2022 Bus Driver of the Year and Cafeteria Manager of the Year!

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Aaron Coston, Chowan Middle School

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Gwen Brown, Chowan Middle School

In the calendar to the right, each school and the district has their own color.

Blue = ECPS District Calendar

Green = John A. Holmes High School

Red = Chowan Middle School

Purple = D. F. Walker Elementary School.

Yellow = White Oak Elementary School


The school system does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. The board will not tolerate discrimination on the basis of sex, including any form of sexual harassment as that term is defined under Title IX, in any program or activity of the school system.

Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.

The Title IX Coordinator is: Ms. Virginia Jones

Office Address: 800 N. Oakum St. Edenton, NC 27932

Email Address: vjones@ecps.k12.nc.us

Phone Number: (252)-482-4436