The Administrative Team

  • Principal

    Tawauna Stewart

    Dr. Tawauna Stewart

    I am humbled and honored to serve as the Principal of Rogers-Herr Middle School.  I am dedicated to fostering a culture of excellence and inclusivity within our school community.  With a passion for student success and a commitment to continuous improvement, I strive to create a learning environment where every student can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.  

    The middle school years are important and critical times for students. During these years, it is what happens here that will have a permanent effect on their growth and development.  My goal as Principal is not only to provide leadership to promote a secure and respectable classroom atmosphere in order for your child to receive the best possible academic instruction, but also to support your child academically, socially and emotionally.  I believe in open communication and a strong home to school connection.  My philosophy is that every student is equipped with an inherent value.

    My approach to leadership is collaborative, transparent, and student-centered, focusing on building strong relationships with students, staff, parents, and the wider community.  I believe in the power of education to empower individuals to reach their full potential.  By setting high expectations, promoting a positive school climate, and fostering a culture of respect and diversity, I aim to continue the culture where students feel valued, supported, and inspired to succeed.

    I received my Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University, Master in School Administration from North Carolina Central University and Doctorate in Educational Leadership at High Point University.  

    I am excited to embark on this journey and look forward to working together as we continue to promote a school culture that promotes excellence, celebrates diversity, and prepares students for a successful future. 


    Assistant Principals


    Jennifer Hall

    Jennifer Hall, 7th Grade AP

    My name is Jennifer Hall and I am the 7th grade assistant principal at Rogers-Herr Middle School.  I am excited about transitioning into this position.  This is my twelfth year at Rogers-Herr, and I am in my twenty-third year in public education.  I have spent my career as a fifth grade teacher, Spanish teacher, and English as a Second Language teacher.  I received a Bachelor’s degree from Berea College in Kentucky, a Master’s of Education from Meredith College, an Educational Specialist license in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I am pursuing my Doctorate in Educational Leadership. The middle grades are a special time in the lives of our students.  I thoroughly enjoy working with adolescents as they navigate this time in their lives.  Helping each of our students to have a positive middle school experience is key to my work. Outside of work, I enjoy reading and travel, spending time with family and friends, and working with Girl Scouts.  I am happily married and have two children. I look forward to working with teachers, students, and families, as we support our students in reaching their fullest potential.  My door is always open.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.  I look forward to working with each of you!  My email address is  Rams ROCK!



    Dr. Sharon Griffith, 8th Grade AP

    I am overjoyed to join the Rogers-Herr school community as the 8th grade assistant principal. Middle school is my “JAM!” It is a special place and time to make a positive impact on adolescents through relationships, academic experiences, and enriched activities that can help to define the future. As an educator, I hold the sacred responsibility to ensure that all students are valued, supported, and have access to quality learning experiences. It is my intention to build strong relationships with staff, students, families, and the extended school community to provide rich opportunities for student success.

    I have enjoyed being an educator in Durham for 18 of my 26 years in education. Prior to making North Carolina home, I taught grades 4-8 in New York City. I fell in love with Durham and taught ELA for 10 years at Githens. Eight years of central office experience as a middle school literacy specialist and then as a K-12 literacy coordinator led me to pursue a 2nd Master’s Degree in School Administration. I hold a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Fordham University in New York. I am also Nationally Board Certified in English Language Arts for Adolescents ages 11-15.

    In my free time, I prefer to spend time with my family, catch up on reading materials, play Wordle, or read a good book on the beach. I look forward to working with our students and families to create the best middle school experience for all. I encourage you to reach out to me, Sharon Griffith. Rams ROCK!


Last Modified on March 22, 2024