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Principal Billy Haggans

In 2001, I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. In the summer of 2004, I completed the Regional Alternative Licensure Program, for lateral entry teachers, at UNCP. In 2011, I joined the Master of School Administration Program at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. I completed my Masters Degree in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in August 2015.

Currently, I have fourteen years of experience in public school education. In 2001, I began my career in education as a lateral entry teacher at CIS Academy, a charter school, located in Pembroke, North Carolina. I became certified in Middle Grades Science (6-9) after passing the Praxis II in the summer of 2004. Approximately one year later, I passed the Praxis II for Middle Grade Math, becoming highly qualified to teach math in grades six through nine. After nearly eight years in the classroom teaching math and science, September 2001- June 2009, I was offered a position as the assistant principal at CIS Academy. I served in that role for three years, fulfilling many duties and responsibilities. In 2012, I was offered the position as lead administrator at CIS Academy. Currently, I’m serving as the sole administrator for CIS Academy.

Throughout my educational endeavor, I have set professional goals and objectives. My professional goals and objectives are as follows: To continue growing as an effective school leader which will have a positive impact on all stakeholders (students, teachers, parents, and community leaders) and to communicate and collaborate effectively with all stakeholders when making decisions (with the best interest of students always first).

Working at CIS Academy has allowed me to meet my goals and objectives beyond my expectations. My students and faculty encourage me on a daily basis. I observe my faculty as they engage with the students to prepare them for their future. Words are inadequate to describe the feelings which overpower me as I watch this transpire. Each day offers new opportunities inviting me to fulfil my responsibilities and duties to my faculty, students, and parents. The only downside is all the paper work my job requires.

Student Support Specialist Anne Kinlaw

I attended Pembroke State University and received a BS in Elementary Education. In 1987, I returned to PSU and received a BA degree in Social Studies and Science (Gr.6-9).In 1999, I retired from the public schools of Robeson County. In July of 1999 I was given the opportunity to become a part of Communities In Schools by becoming a teacher at CIS Academy in Pembroke. This was one of the best decisions I have ever made. CIS Academy is a charter school for at risk middle grade students (Grades 6-8). The student body is made up of mostly Native Americans. The male and female populations are approximately 50/50. What makes CIS Academy so great is the engagement and commitment of all the teachers and staff to ensure a safe environment where learning takes place on a daily basis. What I enjoy most about my job is watching students as they grasp new concepts. You can see from their facial expression; Wow, that make sense to me now! For me this is priceless. For the past 3 years, I have focused on being a reading coach and a student support specialist. In this capacity I have enjoyed assisting students in making better choices and experiencing academic success. I spend time with groups of students incorporating skills and strategies to motivate them to stay and achieve in school. The hardest part of my job is watching students struggle to overcome risk factors that have become stumbling blocks in their path to success. CIS enables me to make connections between students and parents to provide learning opportunities and align them with community services to meet their individual needs. Please call 521-1669 or email at for questions or to volunteer services.