9/25/13 Mebane educator new AP at Eastern Alamance

Mebane educator new AP at Eastern Alamance
By STEPHEN MILLS, Enterprise Staff Writer, The Mebane Enterprise 9/25/13  
Reprinted with permission.      

A true hometown educator, Mebane raised, has taken the position of Assistant Principal at Eastern Alamance High School.

Katrina Massey grew up on the Orange County side of Mebane and went to Orange
County Schools, a graduate of Orange High School.

She was interviewed Thursday on just her third day on the job at

“I love being here in the neighborhood where I grew up,” said Massey.

She is not new to the Alamance Burlington School System.

Massey most recently worked at the Career and Technical Education Center off Highway 70, just inside Burlington where she was the school counselor.

Massey is in charge of discipline and testing in her new role at Eastern. She is also supervisor of student services, a role that she says is heavy into accommodating the student’s needs.

Massey has been a counselor since 2006. “I have done agency counseling in private practice, and I have done school counseling,” she said.

“I decided to change into administration because I recognized that many of the issues I was trying to help students with were larger than what I could handle as an individual counselor. The issues were more of a systemic nature, that they needed help navigating through certain waters,” said Massey.

“I made that transition in 2012 and made my internship at Cummings High School. I was fortunate enough to serve as the Assistant Principal at the Career and Technical Education Center as we did not have an assistant principal there when we opened in January 2012,” said Massey.

Massey’s education continued after high school at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for a psychology degree. Next was the University of Toledo where she got a degree in agency counseling. Massey returned to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she got her school-counseling license.

Massey completed her Master’s Degree in Charlotte and is now working on a Doctoral Degree at the Chapel Hill campus of the University of North Carolina.

Massey says that equity is her passion in education.

“We have students who come from every possible background and I think depending on where you come from can afford a lot of opportunities in education to certain students while other students do not get that opportunity because of their home. At the school level, my goal is to level the playing field in the education environment,” said Massey.

“I want to see that regardless of what you go home to at 3:30 in the afternoon, what you see here at Eastern Alamance is the same as any other student. From an educator’s point of view, what I see here at Eastern is that the amount of difference seems to be rather low,” said Massey. “I compare that to what you might seen in Orange County where the difference between students goes from children of doctors of education to almost parentless children of broken homes, working singles and less educated.

“Because of where we are located and the nature of the community, children in the schools in this immediate area come from very similar homes and levels of opportunity from an educational point of view. Of course, the longer I work here and the more I get to know the nature of the student population at Eastern, the better I will be able to answer that question for you.

“I know that athletics is a big part of the activities at Eastern Alamance and that all of the school takes part in building an appreciation for and acknowledging the role of athletics as part of their overall education and involvement in the school. I was very surprised at the level of participation and excitement, school spirit as such, that comes about in the school for all of the athletic programs. I attended my first athletic event here that was a soccer game and was very surprised that the level of spirit within the school. All days were just as strong as you might find for football that carries the highest level of attention in this region. It was magnificent to see that applied to all the sports.

“I think the other reputation that is associated with Eastern is that it is a “going” place to be. The jobs of the teachers and administrators are made easier because there is so much community involvement with the school. Everyone seems to be working toward a common goal of making this a well-rounded, very strong educational environment,” said Massey.

“One of the goals of every school in the system is a dedication to scholarship to getting the students of that school into a continuing program of education, and Eastern has created a wonderful environment and noteworthy record in that area. It is such a fortunate location because so many people are willing to dig in and participate. Everyone especially in the staff here is willing to jump into a need, regardless of their association with it, and help the school and its students reach their goals. It is such a tight knit community,” said Massey.