After 24 years of service to Dare County Schools, Manteo Middle School Assistant Principal Stephanie Holleman retired on February 1. Holleman began her career as an educator in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 1976. She arrived in Dare County in 1992 when her husband, Leon Holleman, joined Dare County Schools as its Superintendent.
Stephanie Holleman earned her bachelor’s degree from Meredith College and her master’s degree in School Administration from UNC- Charlotte.
Holleman has been an active and valued member of her school’s administrative teams and was involved in all areas of the academic and social school programs. She exhibited great expertise is all things curriculum and provided direction to staff in implementing school and district goals. She has been the go-to person in the school since she has been Assistant Principal there during the leadership of four Principals – Bobby Hudspeth, Terry McGinnis, Teresa Twyne, and Drew Sawyer - as well as helping to supervise the move from the old to the new middle school building in 2006.
In addition to sharing supervision and extracurricular duties with the principal, Holleman has persisted in maintaining high standards and has supported the many accomplishments of Manteo Middle School students and staff.
Longtime Manteo Middle School Principal Terry McGinnis says, “Stephanie was passionate about her work as a school administrator, and enjoyed collaborating with staff on a wide range of school issues. I think her favorite was working on curriculum related issues. She was the best at working out scheduling classes for the school year. As my colleague and assistant principal, I always felt Stephanie was honest with me, even when it was difficult telling your boss something he didn't want to hear. A quote of Stephanie’s that she said repeatedly to students, teachers, and staff has stuck with me over the years – ‘Say what you mean and mean what you say.’
“Stephanie truly enjoyed being around middle school age students. She could easily relate to students and had a knack for knowing what was bothering a child and worked diligently to help any child find the easiest, workable solution to his or her problem.”
McGinnis reflected that in his more than 28 years in education that his best ten years “were those working with Stephanie Holleman at Manteo Middle School.”
Superintendent Dr. Sue Burgess congratulated Holleman on her retirement, writing to her on January 11, “Your many contributions will be remembered long after you leave your position with us. You have been instrumental as a leader in our educational programs, and the daily impact you have made on our students during the course of your distinguished career is truly remarkable.”
Judy Hester, a retired assistant principal, has been filling in for Holleman until a permanent replacement is named.