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School system announces new administrators
Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools recently announced three new administrative assignments during the NRMPS Board of Education meeting held March 4.

Thomas Crabtree was named the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. Ashley Simmons was named the Chief Public Information Officer. Ann Mitchell was named the principal of the new Rocky Mount Middle School.

Thomas Crabtree, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

Crabtree comes to Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools after working with School Efficiency Consultants. He has over 27 years of experience in Human Resources (HR) for both private industry and government.

Crabtree has worked in all aspects of human resource administration, including financial operations, salary analysis, school allocations, and staffing.  He has provided training for school board members and school administrators in human resources.  He spent over 20 years working in HR with Durham Public Schools. 

Before joining local government in HR, Tom worked as human resources director for a manufacturing company for seven years.  He also was a history teacher.

Crabtree said he is excited about joining NRMPS and the opportunity to meet with principals and educators across the district.

“I am excited about becoming a part of the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools team, and getting to know the principals and staff.” Crabtree said. “My door is always open, and I want everyone to know that they can come to me as a resource for any HR-related matter.”

Ashley Simmons, Chief Public Information Officer

Ashley Simmons, Chief Public Information Officer, previously served NRMPS as Public Relations Coordinator and Grant Writer. Simmons has over eight years of experience in public relations/communications work.

Prior to joining Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, she worked for four years as the Public Information Officer for Richmond County Schools. Simmons has also worked in public relations for other organizations including Durham Public Schools, Time Warner Cable, and 919 Marketing Company. Simmons was recently recognized by the National School Public Relations Association as one of the NSPRA ’35 Under 35’.

She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication with a public relations concentration from UNC-Chapel Hill, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration at UNC-Pembroke.

Simmons said she looks forward to collaborating with various groups to share the NRMPS story.  

“This is a very exciting time for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools.” Simmons said, “Our school system has great things happening daily, and it is a privilege to have an opportunity to share these stories with others.”

Ann Mitchell, Principal of Rocky Mount Middle School

Ann Mitchell was named the new principal of Rocky Mount Middle School. Mitchell has over 42 years of experience in education with Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools.

She has worked in the school as a teacher, counselor, assistant Principal, principal and director. Before her move to Rocky Mount Middle School, she served as the Principal of Baskerville Elementary, a position she held since 2006.

Mitchell says she is most looking forward to having another opportunity to work students at the middle school level.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to once again work with middle school students,” said Mitchell. “I take this new assignment very seriously and am appreciative to the Superintendent and the NRMPS Board of Education for their vote of confidence in my ability to help create a culture of excellence in the system’s newest middle school.

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