CCPS Welcomes New Employees

CCPS Welcomes New Director of Exceptional Children and Principal of White Oak Elementary School

The Carteret County Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Anita Boyd as the new Director of Exceptional Children and Related Services of Carteret County Public Schools (CCPS) and Dr. Crystal Howard as the newest Principal of White Oak Elementary School.

Dr. Anita Boyd is the current Director of Exceptional Children (EC) of Pamlico County Schools and has served in that capacity for the last five years. She has twenty years of experience as an educator in California, Maryland, and North Carolina, with the majority of her time served in North Carolina public schools (17 years). Dr. Boyd has former teaching experience in general education and special education and has served in leadership as an EC Resource Specialist, EC Program Specialist, and Assistant Principal. She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from Chapman University and a Master of School Administration degree as well as a Doctor of Pre K-12 Educational Leadership degree from East Carolina University. 

“Through my many experiences in education,” said Dr. Boyd, “ I have found that it is with respect, trust, and teamwork that we can collaboratively work toward positive outcomes for students. It is with excitement that I look forward to serving the students and families of the Carteret County Public School System while fostering those positive outcomes for ALL students.” 

Dr. Crystal Howard is the current Principal of Clyde Erwin Elementary School in Onslow County where she has served as Principal since 2020. Dr. Howard has served previously in Onslow County as Principal of Silverdale Elementary and Assistant Principal of Swansboro Middle School and is a former classroom teacher and reading specialist at Queen’s Creek Elementary. Dr. Howard grew up in Carteret County and graduated from East Carteret High School. Dr. Howard holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree from East Carolina University as well as a Master of Elementary Education degree and a Doctor of Educational Leadership degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. 

“I am excited to join the White Oak Elementary School team and to build relationships with the staff, students and their families,” said Dr. Howard. “I look forward to continuing the strong partnership with the White Oak community to support our Wildcats and continue the excellence that the school has established.” 

Dr. Boyd replaces Ms. Kim Sarver, former CCPS EC Director, who has recently retired. Dr. Howard replaces current White Oak Elementary School Principal, Ms. Terri Brett, who is retiring, effective July 1, 2022. 

CCPS Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson shared, “I am extremely excited to welcome two caring, dedicated, and experienced leaders into our school system. Drs. Boyd and Howard each bring with them incredible expertise and a strong reputation for leading by serving. Their commitment to students and teachers will help ensure that our school system remains the premiere school system in the state and continues to be a place where students feel loved and cared for and where they are fully prepared for exciting and successful lives.”

Dr. Boyd and Dr. Howard will begin their new positions this summer.