Our Administrative Team

Phone: 910-484-8121 ext. 703

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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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Mrs. Leslie Bailey Neal

Leslie Bailey Neal currently serves as an Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at DBHS. Before venturing into school administration, she was a high school social studies teacher for five years. Her passion has always been to help students know their purpose and pursue their dreams! She is a graduate of UNCP (for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees). As a military child, she has been fortunate to travel around the world and gain a deep appreciation of different cultures and backgrounds, which has been instrumental in developing a sincere compassion for the community she serves.

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. Catina Johnson

Catina Johnson was born and raised here in North Carolina. She grew up in a small town about half an hour away, Pembroke. She is a Lumbee Indian and does not consider herself  “something else”.  She graduated from Purnell Swett High School and went to the University of NC at Chapel Hill after her high school guidance counselor told her she would never get in. She graduated with a degree in Communication Studies and then continued her education to pursue a teaching degree in Spanish. She has her Master’s Degree in School Administration from the University of NC at Pembroke. She taught Spanish for 16 years before becoming an Assistant Principal. She has taught in Wake, Robeson and Cumberland Counties. She has a daughter who is 25 years old and a graduate of the University of NC at Pembroke in Sociology and a grandson who is 3 and a half whom she shares much of her free time.