• SPECIALISTS

    Bonnie Brooks

    Bonnie Brooks - Art

    Ms. Brooks is an award winning artist, showing her works around the country. She has received the Raleigh Medal of Arts for extra-ordinary achievements in the arts. Ms. Brooks did her undergraduate work at Western Michigan University, studying watercolors and drawing with Harold Hefner, of Spain. She completed her Masters at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where she studied painting, art therapy and pottery. Pottery is one of the things that brought her to North Carolina to write a thesis on North Carolina pottery. When she is not painting she loves spending time with family, traveling and hiking.

    The Teacher

    I have been teaching 37 years serving kindergarten through adult education. I am certified in Art Education and Art Therapy. I have taught in Michigan, Colorado and North Carolina with the last 6 years in Durham at Mangum Elementary. I enjoy teaching all ages and believe that art education is a vital subject which helps round a student in life.

    The Artist

    “At age 9, I knew I wanted to be a visual artist. At the age of 12, I had a very inspiring art teacher that set me on my way. I became an art teacher, following in her footsteps but still had a desire to be a successful painter. I am a realistic because I believe in painting what I can see, what God has so perfectly created. I do not want to do art that shocks people, but comforts them. I want people to look at my work and see the peace that God has created.”

    Matthew Jones - Media Coordinator

    Hello My name is Matt Jones and I am the Media Coordinator at Mangum. This will be my fifth year in Durham Public Schools. I spent two years at George Watts Montessori Elementary School as the schools Data Manager and Administrative Assistant. . Before moving to North Carolina, I graduated from Waynesburg University with a degree in communications. I have a Masters of Library Science with a focus in being a Media Coordinator North Carolina Central University. I bring my love for reading and my passion for media and technology to make sure your children get everything they can when they visit the media center. Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, exercising, and spending time with my wife and my dog Marley.

    Steven Mayhew

    Steve Mayhew - Physical Education

    Hi! My name is Steve Mayhew and this is my 24th year teaching elementary physical education. I graduated from Western Carolina with a Sport Management degree, physical education, and a minor in coaching. I am National Board Certified teacher in physical education. I am married with three children and we live in Hillsborough. My oldest daughter Hannah, is a senior at UNC-Charlotte majoring in psychology. Josh is in the 8th grade and my youngest daughter Cameron is in 7th grade. I enjoy playing tennis, golf, and spending time with my family.

    John Sokar - Music