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    Michael Fuga - Principal     

    Greetings! I am Michael Fuga, Principal at Neal Middle School. I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Go Steelers! I received an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Education from Washington & Jefferson College. I moved to North Carolina in 2005 where I taught here at Neal Middle School before completing my Masters of School Administration degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill. After I completed my degree, I was fortunate to remain in Durham Public Schools and work as the Assistant Principal at Southern Durham High School. In 2011, I was blessed to have the opportunity to become a Principal and shift my leadership to Rogers-Herr Year-Round Middle School. I completed my doctoral coursework at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May of 2016 and successfully defended my dissertation on the impact of parent-family engagement on academic outcomes for ELL students.

    I am so excited about the opportunity to serve the Neal School Community and Durham Public Schools. I enjoy my job and love helping others and facilitating the educational process every day. I do not consider what I do work, since I enjoy it as much I do. I approach education with a passion to help every student learn and create an environment that opens the door for students and teachers to maximize their potential.

    At the core of my philosophy is the ability to build positive, supportive, working relationships with all stakeholders. From my experience as a leader and coach, a team moving in the same direction is always stronger than an individual. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to return to Neal Middle School as the Principal. I truly believe that we can unite the Neal Eagle Family to move in one direction together to help every child learn and develop. There was a lot of uncertainty moving to Durham in 2005; however, I have fallen in love with the Durham Community, have established a home here, and am looking forward to raising my daughter, Lowry, in this community. As long as I am given the opportunity to work in Durham Public Schools, I will do all I can to serve all children, teachers, and families.

    Click here to contact Dr. Fuga.

    Dr. Fuga has been named Durham County Schools Principal of the Year 2017!


    Matt Hickson - Assistant Principal, 6th Grade

    I am Matt Hickson and I am thrilled to be returning home to Neal Middle School!

    I started on my path working toward education equity as community organizer working in Charlotte and eventually right here in Durham. After working at Durham’s Student U and helping to be part of the founding team for the Student U WG Pearson program, I came to Neal where I was named 2016 Durham Public Schools Beginning Teacher of the Year. I hold a degree in entrepreneurship from UNC Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School and a Master’s Degree in School Administration from NC State University as part of the Durham Principal Leadership Academy. As I join Neal, I am also serving terms on the board of directors for both Student U Durham and the Durham Public Schools Foundation.

    I look forward to working on behalf of all students and families to ensure that we educate with joy, purpose, and excellence.

    Click here to contact Mr. Hickson. Click here to access newsletters from the 6th Grade Team.


    Terrence Covington - Assistant Principal, 7th Grade

    I am Terrence Covington and I am very excited about joining the Neal Middle School family as we soar into greatness!

    I have been involved in education for the past 8 years. I began as a Counselor Intern at Northwood High School in Pittsboro, NC. In 2011, I began working with Durham Public Schools as an ISS coordinator at Githens Middle School. After spending a year at Githens, I became the Academic Advisor at the Durham Performance Learning Center. Prior to joining the great field of education, I worked in Juvenile Justice System as well as the adolescent Mental Health System. My entire professional career has been dedicated to helping young people reach their goals and tap into their potential. I am a firm believer that all students have the ability to achieve at a high level; relationship building and setting high standards are the keys to the positive results we want for our students. I am fully committed to the process of student growth, proficiency, and college/career readiness.

    If you believe it, you can achieve it!

    Click here to contact Mr. Covington.


    Joseph Biggs, Jr. - Assistant Principal, 8th Grade

    I am Joseph L. Biggs, Jr. (Joe), and I am very excited about the 2015-2016 school year and the direction that Neal Middle School is headed.

    My involvement in education has been a 16 year journey, beginning as a Teacher’s Assistant. I have been employed at the both the middle and high school levels with Shepard Magnet Middle School, Neal Middle School, and Southern School of Energy & Sustainability (formerly Southern Durham High School) all in Durham, NC and C.B. Martin Middle School and North Edgecombe High School both in Tarboro, NC. My experience is broad and I have been an ISS Coordinator, 6th/7th grade Social Studies Teacher, AVID Coordinator and Elective Teacher, Ed Options Teacher, After School Manager with 21st Century, World Geography Teacher, and World History Teacher. I know the importance of teamwork and being a leader that helps to build other leaders. It is my belief that we can reach all children through the development of relationships, setting high expectations, and modeling what it is we expect. I am committed to student achievement and safety and realize it is only through strategy and collaboration with other educators, students, parents, and the community that greatness happens.

    We are on our way to greatness, so SOAR EAGLES, SOAR!

    Click here to contact Mr. Biggs.


    Simone Brackett - Assistant Principal of Social and Emotional Learning

    My name is Simone Brackett and I am joining the Neal Eagles as a principal intern this year!

    I am originally from Denver, Colorado and began my teaching career there in 2005. I moved to Durham in 2009 to be closer to my extended family, and quickly fell in love with the area!  

    My undergraduate degree is in African American Studies from the University of New Mexico, I have a Masters in Educational Psychology from The University of Colorado, and will complete my Masters of School Administration in May of 2019.

    I have twelve years of elementary classroom experiences and have taught everything from Kindergarten to 5th Grade. Last year, I was an administrator for a Kindergarten-6th Grade school while I began my School Administration studies.

    I am so excited to join Neal Middle School’s team this year! Neal has made some phenomenal gains in the last year and I look forward to helping our Eagles continue to RISE UP and SOAR!

    Click here to contact Ms. Brackett.