It is an honor to have been chosen to serve as principal of Dillard Middle School. My journey in school administration began here in 2000 with a principal internship. Since that time, I served as assistant principal of Northwest Elementary School for three years, assistant principal of Dillard Middle School for a year and a half, principal of Belfast Academy Alternative School for a year and a half, and principal of Northwest Elementary School for ten years. Prior to getting my Master's of School Administration I taught seventh grade Language Arts and Social Studies at Ayden Middle School in Pitt County and sixth grade Language Arts and Social Studies at Spring Creek School. I earned a Bachelors of Arts degree from UNC- Greensboro in high school English, a Master's of School Administration from Fayetteville State University and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Fayetteville State University.
I am proud to be back home where hopefully as a Tiger Team we will make a difference in the lives of our students and create a school atmosphere that restores the pride and rich history of Dillard School. My number one focus is students. Decisions will be made with student learning and success as priorities. I believe that all students can learn when given the resources needed. Our staff will utilize resources and data to discover how each student learns and to identify students' deficits and strengths in order to differentiate and individualize instruction that will support diverse learning styles.
During past experiences at DMS I noticed constant change. Because of this observation, my vision and long term goals are centered around focusing on stability, continuity, and enhancement. The new motto will be DMS: Dedication + Motivation = Success. We will embrace the philosophy of “I am my brother's keeper”. With that philosophy the vision is that our staff and students will become a family and where we see anyone falling, we will extend a hand to help them. Teachers will assist each other to ensure that our students receive the instruction they need to become successful. Teachers will develop relationships with students that allow them to know individual needs academically and personally in order to help them reach their potential. Students will lift one another up to help build self-esteem, image, and academic performance.
To our Dillard parents, I ask you to stay involved. This can be accomplished by communicating with your child’s teacher. Our expectations will be to consistently make sure you are aware of your child’s progress, and to answer any questions or concerns you have at any time. This form of two-way communication will help ensure the success of your child’s education and well-being. Additionally, we welcome your participation through volunteering. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ms. Lisa Taylor, parent involvement coordinator, at school.
With high expectations as our motivator, our Dillard family, is anticipating a year of positive relationships with students, staff, parents and the community, fun and engaging teaching and learning, exciting extracurricular activities, and high growth and performance test scores. Again, I am thrilled to be Dillard Middle's principal, and I am looking forward to making a difference.Theresa S. Cox, Ed.D.