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DIANE CHILDRESS

PRINCIPAL

My family and I live in Nags Head, where we've been for twenty-three years.  Originally from Evanston, Illinois, I attended college at The College of Wooster in Ohio, graduating with a degree in Psychology and Education.  I am a lifelong learner and enjoy being a student. I received my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in 1997, my National Boards in 2000 (renewed in 2010 and 2020) and my Masters of School Administration in 2013 from ECU.  

I taught elementary school for 24 years before moving into school leadership in 2016 where I had the privilege of being an assistant principal at FFHS and MMS before transferring to FFMS in 2018.

As I enter my 3rd year as principal, I'm thrilled to continue to work alongside a dedicated staff who are committed to building relationships, creating a positive and safe learning environment and teaching the whole child.

My philosophy  is pretty simple:  I believe in doing what's best for our students,  learning from mistakes and leading by example.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROBERT 

TRIPP

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

 

I am so excited to be a part of the Seahawk family! 

 

I grew up beside a strawberry farm in Virginia Beach, and prior to entering the education field was a Specialist in the U.S. Army Airborne, stationed at Ft. Bragg. I attended Liberty University, and am currently enrolled in a doctoral program. I have spent the last ten years as a middle school teacher and administrator, most recently at Blair Middle in Norfolk. I live in Chesapeake with my wife and daughter.

 

I enjoy what I do, and will continue to do it for years to come!

 

 

 

DREW HUDSPETH

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL


I am a 2003 graduate of Manteo High School and ultimately returned to MHS as assistant principal prior to my move to FFMS!  I began my teaching career with New Hanover County Schools after graduating from UNCW with a BA in Mathematics, and also coached cheerleading during my time there. I went back to UNCW and earned a Masters in School Administration, eventually serving as Assistant Principal at South Brunswick Middle, before my return to Dare County. I am an external review team member for AdvancED doing school accreditations, and am excited to be a part of the Seahawk family!