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Perspective | Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Interview with twin brothers Don and Ron Phipps

Tar Heel Teachers at Home is a weekly interview series focused on engaging North Carolinians in conversations about education. Each week, a panel of educators interview a guest(s).


In this episode, the Tar Heel Teachers chat with Dr. Don Phipps, superintendent of Caldwell County Schools, and his twin brother Ron Phipps, associate superintendent of data and accountability for Cumberland County Schools about their educational journeys. They have been servant leaders in North Carolina’s public schools for over 30 years. 

This episode’s panel and guests:

  • Amy Tart – 4th Grade ELA & Social Studies Teacher with Clinton City Schools
  • Vanessa Ruffin – Principal of Bladenboro Middle School in Bladen County Schools
  • Mika Twietmeyer – Biology Teacher with Durham Public Schools
  • Steve Hall – Director of Technology, Testing & Accountability, Public Information, & Grant Writing for Alleghany County Schools
  • Don Phipps – Superintendent of Caldwell County Schools
  • Ron Phipps – Associate Superintendent of Data & Accountability, Cumberland County Schools

Marlow Artis

Marlow Artis is the Creator and Chief Content Purveyor for Tar Heel Teachers, which encompasses a website, an educational panel talk show, a videocast: Tar Heel Teachers at Home, and an educational travel series: Tar Heel Teachers on the Road. In addition to moderating and executive producing these media platforms, he happily served for five years as a sixth grade English/Language Arts teacher.