Principals School Leader Prep Perspective

Shifting the conversation

About the authors

Yasmeen Robbins has spent 12 years in public education. She received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from North Carolina State University. Robbins spent eight years as a classroom teacher in the Cumberland County school district, where she was involved in the Governor’s Teachers Network, and conducted action research for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She later received a Masters in Education with a focus in Literacy from Methodist University.

As a K-5 Instructional coach for the past four years, Robbins has been working to build, support, and maintain teacher capacity. She recently completed her Masters in School Administration at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke as a North Carolina Sandhills Leadership Program participant. Robbins has a passion for education and strives to do what is best for all students.

Dr. Mary Hemphill holds a bachelor of arts in Elementary Education and Spanish from Meredith College. Following her tenure at Meredith, she returned to Southwest Elementary School in Hickory — the same school she attended as a child. Hemphill received her Masters of School Administration from Western Carolina in 2010.

In 2014, Hemphill completed her PhD through the School of Education at NC A&T State University. She previously served as principal at I. Ellis Johnson Elementary School in Scotland County where she was named Principal of the Year of Scotland County & Regional Principal of the Year for the Sandhills Region for the 2016-17 school year. Following her tenure at IEJ, she was named principal of Carver Middle School in 2018. In April of 2019, Hemphill was appointed as the state’s first director of K-12 Computer Science & Technology Education at the NC Department of Public Instruction where she currently works.