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Halifax County Schools Superintendent Eric L. Cunningham has announced two new principals in the school system.

Jerome Williams has been named principal of Halifax County Early College and Brian Biles has been named principal of William R. Davie Middle STEM Academy.



Upon the resignation announcement from Jacqueline Williams, who has accepted a position with the Wake County Public School System, Cunningham recommended to the Halifax County Schools Board of Education the appointment of Jerome Williams to fill the pending vacancy left by Ms. Williams. 

The Halifax County School Board of Education approved the appointment of Mr. Williams to the position.

Mr. Williams has 30 years of experience in various educational roles. 

He has served as a high school science teacher, college physics instructor, NASA Graduate Fellow, director of research and development for Materials, Technologies, & Training Inc., assistant principal, and turn around principal in Virginia and Oklahoma. 

Most recently, he has served as the project manager for the NASA Science Engineering Mathematics Aerospace Academy with Warren County Schools.

Mr. Williams earned his Bachelors of Science in physics and Masters of Arts in urban education: Leadership Preparation — Administration and Supervision — from Norfolk State


He also has completed five years of graduate studies in applied physics with Old Dominion University and NASA Langley Research Center located in Hampton. 

Cunningham said Mr. Williams is passionate about students learning through self-discovery and assisting teachers to become better at their craft. 

For hobbies, Mr. Williams enjoys participating in citizen scientist projects, working on cars, and gardening. He is married to Carlette Williams who is a 7th-grade science teacher and his greatest supporter.

He currently serves as principal of William R. Davie Middle STEM Academy where he has been invaluable to the growth of the school’s STEM program and the creation of the STEM Squad.

“Mr. Williams has a wealth of knowledge and experience and I am excited to see the great things he will do at the early college,” Cunningham said.

He begins his new duties January 11.



Biles will become the next principal of William R. Davie.

He has more than 20 years of experience as an educator.

He said he is “excited to accept this position. I look forward to using my years of experience and passion to move the school forward during these very challenging times.”

He began his career in Baltimore City Schools following his graduation from Delaware State University with a bachelor’s of science in elementary education in 1996. 

He has served as a math teacher in various school districts until transitioning into administration after receiving a master’s in school administration from North Carolina A&T State University in 2012. 

He served as assistant principal in Franklin County for four years and principal in Warren County for two years. 

He has served as the Math Multi Class Leader at Davie since June of 2019.

“I fully understand the challenges in this current climate, but we will continue to work hard to access the resources needed to ensure all of our students receive a quality education despite the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said. “We look forward to welcoming our students back to the classroom when it is safe to do so.” 

Biles is a native of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. as well as with the Prince Hall Affiliated Masons.

“Mr. Biles’ enthusiasm and dedication will serve the students and staff well at William R. Davie Middle STEM Academy,” Cunningham said.

He begins his new role January 11.