The Githens leadership works in service to students and staff to provide a thriving atmosphere for growth and success.  With an eye on Raider student life in all aspects like academic, social and emotional areas, the leadership team works together with students and families.  Collaborating together leads to positive growth, engaging experiences and lifelong middle school memories. Don't hestitate to reach out to us with any questions

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    Crystal Cahill

    Email: crystal_cahill@dpsnc.net

    Hi Githens Raiders! My name is Crystal Cahill. I am serving as your Githens principal and honored to be joining this team! I am entering my 10th year in education. I completed my undergraduate studies at NC State University with a degree in Elementary Education. I completed my first term of graduate studies at the University of Florida, earning an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction. I am currently completing my MSA at NC State University. I taught 6 years at the elementary level. My most recent experience was as a Literacy Coach for K-5 teachers. I also coached volleyball for 3 years. Equitable education for all students is my passion and I am excited to continue that work here at Githens. My hobbies include traveling with my husband, shopping, reading, and playing volleyball.

    James Carter

    Email: james_carter@dpsnc.net

    Greetings Raider Nation! My name is James Carter and I am honored to introduce myself as the 6th-grade Assistant Principal at Githens Middle School.  

    I received my Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University and a Master in School Administration from North Carolina Central University.

    The middle school years are important and critical times for academic, social, and emotional growth. My goal as Assistant Principal is to cultivate a leadership atmosphere that promotes a safe, secure and positive atmosphere that facilitates excellence in the classroom and lifelong learning. I believe that ​all children can learn and that all children will learn based on what we do. The question is not is your child smart but how is your child smart? 

    I am excited about all that we will accomplish working together.  Feel free to contact me at any time with any celebrations, questions, comments, or concerns you may have during the school year.

    Vivianease Major

    Email: vivianease_major@dpsnc.net

    It is a pleasure to serve as the 8th grade Assistant Principal at Githens Middle School. I am embarking upon my 26th year in education and my 5th year as an administrator. I received my undergraduate degree from Fayetteville State University and my Masters in Executive Leadership from Gardner Webb University. I am happily married to Undrea Major and we have three children, Tyffani, Jalon, and Jordan.



    Elizabeth O'Donnell

    Email: elizabeth_odonnell@dpsnc.net

    I am proud to serve as the Githens AIG Specialist and the co-chair of the English Department.  Raider Pride!  I have 28 years of experience as an educator and have worked with students K-12.  I have a Masters Degree in English Language and Literature from ASU and a Masters Degree in School Administration from UNC where I was a Principal Fellow.  In my free time I love cooking for the great love of my life and our 5 children. Advanced Academics Website


    Justine Daniel 

    Email: justine_daniel@dpsnc.net

    Prior to becoming the Teaching & Learning Coach for Githens Middle School I taught 8th grade ELA for 13 years. I have a Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus in Middle Grades Education from NC State University, AIG licensure from Duke University and was a  Capital Area Writing Project fellow through NC State University. One of my biggest honors was being named 2017 Durham Public School’s Teacher of the Year. Each and every day I am inspired by my collaboration with our innovative teachers. When I am not working here at Githens I am spending time with my husband and 4 year old twins! 


    Kia Barfield 

    Email: kia_barfield@dpsnc.net

    I am excited to be the Math Instructional Coach at Githens Middle School.  My 18 years in education include teaching 6-8th grade math, Math I, II, III, and Precalculus.  I have a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership with a focus in Curriculum & Instruction from UOP, Masters in Secondary Education from UOP, and AIG licensure from NCCU. My hobbies include family time with my children, singing, dancing, and traveling.

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    Lynn Mallory

    Email: lynn_mallory@dpsnc.net

    Greetings Githens family!  My name is Lynn Mallory, and I am excited to be serving as the ELA Instructional Coach at Githens.  Middle school is my home, having taught for more than 20 years in schools in NC and around the world.  The last nine years I have been an administrator and teacher trainer in China and Mongolia.  I hold a BA in French and English from the University of Richmond in Virginia, an MEd in TESOL from UNC Charlotte, and a graduate certificate in Educational Leadership from Appalachian State.  I’m happy to be back in North Carolina and close to my four grandchildren, who keep me busy when I’m not in school.  I love to bake, crochet, and hike.  My passion is for helping teachers be their best, so that all our scholars can succeed.