Alternative Principal Basnight headed for Currituck

By on July 10, 2013

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A resignation by Dare County Alternative School Principal Steve Basnight has led to two other administrative changes in Dare County Schools. Basnight is departing July 22 for the J.P. Knapp Early College High School in Currituck.

“Steve has made tremendous contributions to Dare County Schools,” said Superintendent Sue F. Burgess, referring to Basnight’s 28 years of service as a teacher, coach, administrative intern, assistant principal, principal, and curriculum specialist.

Replacing Basnight as principal of Dare County Alternative School will be Teresa Twyne, currently the assistant principal at Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies. Twyne has 14 years of experience in Dare County Schools and 20 years of experience overall.

Twyne taught mathematics at First Flight Middle School for 11 years. She was also a new teacher mentor and seventh grade team leader. For 2009-2010, she served as athletic director. For the past 2 years, she has served at assistant principal at Cape Hatteras Secondary School.

Twyne holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UNC-Wilmington and a master’s degree in school administration from East Carolina University. She holds National Board Certification in Early Adolescent Math and was the First Flight Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2003-2004.

Replacing Twyne as assistant principal at Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies will be Annette O’Neal, currently the technology facilitator at Cape Hatteras Elementary School. O’Neal has 18 years of experience in Dare County Schools; 16 at Cape Hatteras Secondary School and two at Cape Hatteras Elementary.

O’Neal holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from East Carolina University. She holds two master’s degrees; one in middle grades education and one in school administration. Both were received at East Carolina University. She has also been honored as a Teacher of the Year for Cape Hatteras Schools. She has served as a mentor at Cape Hatteras Elementary School and Cape Hatteras Secondary School.

Another new face to the administrative ranks is Jodi Mitchum, who will be an administrative intern at Manteo Elementary School, where she is currently the teacher of academically and intellectually gifted students.

Mitchum was selected as a Teacher of the Year at First Flight Elementary School in 1996 and as Dare County Schools Gifted Teacher of the Year in 2007-2008. She earned National Board Certification in 2005.

She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and the NC Association for Gifted and Talented. She earned a bachelor’s in elementary education from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri and master’s in elementary education from East Carolina University. She is presently pursuing a doctoral degree in school leadership at Regent University in Virginia Beach.

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