The Dare County Schools Central Services office has a few new faces. The following employees have either recently joined the school system or been promoted to a new position.
Before she joined the Dare County school system as Finance Director in August, Candy Tilley worked out of the Perquimans County school system as the Chief Financial Officer for about six years. Throughout the past twelve years, Tilley has been working with an Eastern North Carolina financial system called Smart Start, which stretches from Camden to Currituck, Pasquotank, Bertie, and Gates counties. She received her bachelor's and master’s degrees in accounting from East Carolina University, and is a certified school business director. Tilley succeeds the retiring Anna McGinnis as Finance Director, and is very excited about her new home on the beach.
Dr. John Donlan
Administrative Services Director
John Donlan has been in the Dare Country system for almost twenty years. He now occupies the position of Director of Administrative Services where his duties include overseeing all homebound instruction, and that of other students with special circumstances. Before becoming a Director at the DCS Central Office, he taught for twelve years in Norfolk, Virginia, and moved to the Outer Banks in 2000. Donlan served as assistant principal and principal at First Flight Middle School (twice), and opened Nags Head Elementary as its principal in the intervening years. Donlan moved to the Central Office as Supervisor of Human Resources and Secondary Instruction in 2014. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in education (specifically in science) from Old Dominion University. He is excited to be involved with some of the many programs offered by DCS and to work in such a positive environment. Donlan assumed his new position following the retirement of Terry McGinnis in February.
As the new Technology Director for Dare County Schools, Ashley McBride works patiently with computers, networks, and technology integration so that students and staff can complete their work efficiently. Before moving to the Outer Banks, McBride worked out of Chapel Hill - Carrboro School system as the Information Technology Manager. Her experience in the western part of the state led to her passion for helping teachers integrate technology into their lessons. McBride graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan College with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English and Secondary Education. She later earned her licensure in Educational Technology. McBride is excited to join the Dare County School system.
Dr. Reida Roberts
Exceptional Children's Director
Reida Roberts is looking forward to working with the students, teachers, and parents in her capacity as the new Exceptional Children’s Director. Roberts received her bachelor’s degree in Literature and Secondary Education from UNC Asheville, as well as a master’s degree in School Administration from Western Carolina University, and her doctorate in School Leadership from UNC Wilmington. Roberts has served as a middle and high school teacher, high school assistant principal, elementary school principal and central office director. Roberts brings enthusiasm and energy to her job, which became vacant upon the retirement of Dawn Edwards.
Human Resource Director
Laura Moreland joins Dare County Schools with excitement, and is ready to get to work as the new Human Resource Director. Prior to her move to the Outer Banks, Moreland served as a principal in Perquimans County, with previous experience in Durham and Cumberland County schools, where she was a science teacher and coached softball and soccer. Her career in education was preceded by military service. She received her master’s in Administration from NC State and is a proud North Carolina Principal Fellow Alumni.
Career and Technical Education Director
Josh Davenport is very excited to work as the Career and Technical Education Director. He previously served as the Career Development Coordinator at First Flight High School. Before moving to the Outer Banks, Davenport graduated from North Carolina State University in 2004, received his master’s in Agricultural Education in 2006 and will complete his Educational Leadership degree from Old Dominion University in July. Davenport succeeds the retiring Jean Taylor in this position.
Testing and Accountability Director
Paul Kinsey has been promoted to serve as the Director of Testing and Accountability. Paul brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his new role. He has worked closely with testing and accountability in various leadership positions. He is looking forward to the opportunity to support teachers and school leaders as they implement the district’s testing program.