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Dr. Michael Fuga

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.

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

6th Grade Assistant Principal

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Ms. Tiffany Scott

Hello!! I am Ms. Scott, and I am so excited to be joining the Eagle Family at Neal Middle School. 

My parents were both educators, so education is in my blood! I completed my undergraduate studies at East Carolina University, and returned back home to Raleigh.  I have 14 years of experience in high school (as a teacher & assistant principal). This will be my 2nd year at Neal and I am looking forward to welcoming all students back this year! 

I believe that ALL students are capable of achieving academic success, and I am driven to help make that a reality. I am especially passionate about equity in education, and positively impacting the lives of young people. I believe in the power of relationships, and can not wait to get to know the awesome students at Neal. 

Going into this school year, as we all return to the building, it is important to understand that there will be a lot of ‘firsts’ for all of us. Together, we will get through it, and make this a memorable year!

 

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7th Grade Assistant Principal

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Mr. Terrence Covington

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!

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8th Grade Assistant Principal

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Mr. Joseph Biggs

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!

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Principal Intern

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Ms. Bria Lewis

My name is Bria Lewis, and I will be joining the Neal Middle School family this year, as an Administrative Intern.  I am a proud graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I currently attend graduate school at the University of North Carolina Central University, where I am completing a Masters of School Administration. I began teaching five years ago and have taught both third and fifth grade. I am looking forward to transitioning to middle school and building positive relationships with students, and all stakeholders of the school. I am a firm believer that with high expectations, there are no limitations. I am elated about the opportunity to serve the Neal School Community and hope to create lasting relationships. I have a passion for helping children and love assisting others with making and creating goals, that will ultimately lead to academic and personal success.

 

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