Columbia High School Principal Accepts New Position

Published 10:26 pm Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Marcia Manning has resigned her position as Principal of Columbia Early College/High School, effective at the end of the 2014-15 school year, to accept a position as Director, School Services, Education Innovation Specialist with North Carolina New Schools.  Following the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2015, she will begin work for North Carolina New Schools on June 15, 2015.


Mrs. Manning has served the students of Tyrrell County Schools for the past 21 years, including teaching at Tyrrell Elementary, serving as assistant principal at Tyrrell Elementary and Columbia Middle School, and as principal of Columbia Middle School and Columbia Early College/High School.  During her tenure at Columbia Early College/High School, she oversaw the implementation of the Early College program allowing students to earn up to two years of college credit while still in high school.  In fact, this school year CECHS had its first student, MaryAnn Armstrong, graduate with both a high school diploma and an Associate in Arts degree from Beaufort County Community College.  The high school was also the recipient of two Golden Leaf Foundation grants, providing for the creation of an Agricultural Mechanics and Horticulture program as well as a 1:1 technology initiative.  Mrs. Manning complimented her faculty and staff on their performance, noting that the school has exceeded expected growth on state testing for three straight years while improving the graduation rate to 88%.


Mrs. Manning says, “I have been honored to work with many wonderful students and their families, and have been colleagues with some of the finest educators in North Carolina. I have been truly inspired by the dedication to excellence of so many Tyrrell County educators who have transformed the lives of our students.”


After working as teacher and principal for the past 26 years, seven of these as an Early College principal, Manning knows that she will miss the daily interactions with students and teachers.  However, she is excited to have the opportunity to work with the leaders of many schools to continue to improve education for students in NC.


Mrs. Manning concluded, “I am very thankful for the opportunities I was given to learn and grow as an educator in Tyrrell County Schools.  I wish the students, teachers, and district leadership continued success, and look forward to working with Tyrrell County Schools in the future as a member of the New Schools staff.”