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Mrs. Pamie Reese

       HJM Principal

        Mrs. Pamie Reese was born in Morehead City but spent most of her childhood in Pollocksville, NC. Her family moved back to Newport in Carteret County when she entered middle school. She attended North Carolina State University where she earned her BA in Psychology. She completed coursework for her Special Education teaching certification through East Carolina University and received her MA in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University. She worked 10 years at New Bern High School as a Special Education teacher and Special Populations Coordinator. Her promotion to an Assistant Principal sent her to Oaks Road Elementary for 3 years and Ben D. Quinn Elementary for a year. Mrs. Reese is entering into her 5th year as Principal of THE H.J. MacDonald Middle School  and 18th year with Craven County Schools.

        Mrs. Reese's husband, Kevin, is the Culinary Arts teacher at New Bern High School. There are two additional members of “Team Reese”, 11-year-old, Kevin II and 4 year old, Kelsie. Mrs. Reese enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys shopping, reading, listening to music, and simply relaxing, when time permits. Mrs. Reese LOVES the staff, students, and families of THE H.J. MacDonald Middle School.

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Mrs. Josey Thompson

HJM Assistant Principal

Greetings Warcubs! My name is Josey Thompson. I am so incredibly honored to start my 1st year as Assistant Principal at The H.J. Mac Donald Middle School.  I started my educational journey as a Biology and Physical Science Teacher at Kinston High School. After three years, I transferred to Rochelle Middle School, where I taught 7th and 8th grade Science for eight years.  These past five years, I enjoyed teaching Chemistry, Physics, and Earth/Environmental Science at Greene Early College High School. I earned my National Boards while simultaneously earning my Masters in Educational Leadership at Concordia University, as well as my Masters in Administration and Masters in Science Education at East Carolina University, Arrrgh! I am ready for the new experiences, opportunities, and challenges to help my continued growth and development as a leader.

On a personal note, I am married to my husband, Steven, and we are blessed with two fantastic, intelligent, and talented children.  Shyire is a junior student-athlete that plays baseball at William Peace University. Jaiya is a fifth-grader, our triple threat that dances and participates in a musical theater group. As a family, we enjoy life experiences, creating memories, and love to have fun. Our favorite pastime is chilling on our porch and fishing. I love to cook and spend time with my family. 

As your Assistant Principal, I look forward to building new relationships, learning, service, and supporting all stakeholders.  I am excited to be back with the most ambitious and curious middle school students. Most importantly, I am ready to motivate and encourage teachers to develop the most efficient and effective way to improve classroom instruction to help students achieve excellence through experiences.

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Mrs. Christy Hazlett

HJM Assistant Principal 

Mrs. Hazlett is a New Bern native and graduated from West Craven High School in 1995.  This is her ninth year in education and all of her time has been spent with Craven County Schools.  She has taught kindergarten, fifth, sixth, and seventh grade.  During her career in education, she has served as a Kenan Fellows Master Teacher, a member of the Governor’s Teacher Network, an advocate for public education with the Hope Street Group Fellows, and was Craven County Schools Teacher of the Year during the 2016-17 school year.

“My heart is in this for the kids.  I was once asked to define my job in education with three words.  My response, “Best. Job. Ever.”  This is such a beautiful career to have because we educate students in academics and character.  We are shaping young minds to be future leaders.  I cannot think of a greater opportunity or more rewarding gift than being an educator.  As I transition into my new role as Assistant Principal at “THE HJ”, I hope to work alongside our amazing staff to create the most magical and meaningful experiences for our students while allowing our community and beyond to see the greatness that exists in public education.”