Our Administrative Team

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Dr. Zoletta Taylor

Dr. Zoletta L. Taylor currently serves as principal of Douglas Byrd High School.  She is the mother of three daughters. She has previously served as a Career and Technical Education teacher at Reid Ross Classical School, assistant principal at Jack Britt High School, principal at Ireland Drive Middle School, and principal at Douglas Byrd High School. She has a strong passion for learning and teaching others how to be successful by using education as a platform. She a graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College with an Associates of Applied Office Technology, Fayetteville State University where she received a bachelor’s degree of Vocational Business Education and a minor in Economics, a Master’s of School Administration degree, and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Her dissertation was Teachers’ Perception of Suspensions of African American Students in Selected North Carolina Schools and was published in March 2015.  She has served on the Fayetteville State University’s School of Education Principal Advisory Council, she provides opportunities for teachers to complete their field experience hours and student teaching at her school, she has been a guest speaker at Fayetteville State University for doctoral students, she is also a member of Fayetteville State University Doctoral Student Association and Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society. She currently serves as vice president of the North Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators (NC ABSE) and is a member of the National Alliance of Black School Administrators (NABSE). She was a presenter at the NABSE 48th Annual Conference in which a virtual workshop was conducted with two other principals titled, Let Your Why Drive Your How: Three Administrators’ Paradigm of Leading High Needs Schools to Success. Lastly, as it relates to supporting students through their educational requirements she feels one should be proactive instead of reactive by providing academic, social, and emotional supports to give students the foundation they need to be successful. She believes everyone who enters the school building with the purpose to provide support, teach or learn needs to do their very best at what they entered the building to do.

Phone: 910-484-8121 ext, 707

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Mr. Jeffrey Gotshall

Mr. Gotshall was born and raised in Williamsport, PA where he graduated from Williamsport Area High School.  He served in the United States Army for 7 years as an Intelligence Analyst.  Mr. Gotshall obtained an Associate Degree in Business Management from Fayetteville Technical Community College in 1997, his Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Mathematics Education from Fayetteville State University in 2005, and his Master of Arts in Executive Leadership from Gardner Webb University in 2018.  He began his career as a Math Teacher at Luther Nick Jeralds Middle School from January 2006 to June 2006, then at Seventy First High School from August 2006 to July 2021.  Mr. Gotshall is excited to work with the Douglas Byrd community to help the students achieve great success in their educational journey and pursue their dreams.  He enjoys spending time with his wife and their dogs.  Mr. Gotshall also enjoys going camping and playing golf.

Phone: 910-484-8121 ext. 705

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Ms. Tanya Goodson

Tanya Johnson (Goodson) has been an educator for 25 years; with 14 years in the classroom, teaching grades 2 nd , 5 th , and 6 th and 11 years as an Assistant Principal. She attended Cumberland County Schools and is a 1989 graduate of Pine Forest High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in English in 1993, from Fayetteville State University and a Master’s in School Administration in 2009 from Fayetteville State University. She chose to pursue a career in education because of her own experiences as a student. It is important to Ms. Johnson to provide positive experiences and encouragement to the students she serves, while helping them realize their potential. She believes that empathy, understanding, and consistency are important factors to being a positive influence, along with setting high standards and holding students accountable for their learning experiences.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading suspense novels, crafting, and watching TV. Her favorite pastime is spending time with her sons, ages 26 and 22, usually over a good meal.

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Mr. Jesse Howard

Jesse Howard is currently an assistant principal having served over 27 years as an educator. Mr. Howard has served in many aspects of education such as choral and bandleader, wrestling, and track coach and worked on a contractual basis at Fayetteville State University. Mr. Howard is also a retired lieutenant colonel having served 28 years in the United States Army Reserve.  Mr. Howard successfully completed Command and General Staff College at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He is a native of Petersburg, Virginia with an undergraduate degree from Virginia State University where he successfully completed his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and a minor in Military Science. He also received his Master of Arts in Executive Leadership from Gardner-Webb University. Mr. Howard is dedicated to inspiring all students to soar, empowering all educators, and support specialists to provide high-quality education and operational support services to students of all ages.

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Ms. Shanita Wooten

Shanita W. Wooten, a Lumberton native, has been in education for more than 15 years. Dr. Wooten earned a doctorate in educational leadership and an educational specialist degree from Wingate University, a master’s in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a master’s of public health in community health education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She earned a bachelor’s in biology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.  Dr. Wooten is a Lumberton native who became interested in teaching children while working in daycares as a college student at NC A&T. She officially started her teaching career as a high school biology teacher, then served as an assistant principal and principal in Robeson County at both the elementary and middle school levels. Dr. Wooten was named superintendent of the Public Schools of Robeson County in 2018 making her the first African American, first woman and the youngest person to serve in the role. Prior to landing this permanent position, she served as the interim superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Administration, Technology, and Plant Operations. Regardless of the position, Dr. Wooten always strives to improve public education.  Dr. Wooten’s parents showed her how to reach her goals and influenced her steps. They were both educators and were the examples she needed along the way. Although she has been met with challenges along the way, Dr. Wooten has never lost her passion for teaching, learning and serving others. She strives daily to motivate others and bring people together for common goals. She firmly believes that you always have to keep the faith in order to overcome any challenge and lead by example for the next generation of leaders.  Each day she shows up to Douglas Byrd High School Dr. Wooten works to improve the lives of our boys and girls. She is appreciative of this opportunity to serve and will strive daily to empower students, staff and teachers.  And lastly, Dr. Wooten is a mother to a kindergartener. She tells everyone that her greatest accomplishment and motivator is her pride and joy...Skylar Wynn Wooten.