Mr Colvin
I am in my 31st year overall as an educator. 2021 is my 14th year as a high school principal and my 5th year with Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. I began my career as a Mathematics teacher at Mt. Vernon Middle School in Wake County before transitioning to the Community College teaching Mathematics.  I returned to Public School in Craven County when I was asked to help design and implement an Early College High School, for which I became the principal.  I have been a high school principal ever since, have attended Barton College, Arkansas State University, and am currently working to finish up my Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fayetteville State University.  My passion has always been to serve students, as you can see in the picture.  I absolutely love being a Gryphon and working with the faculty, staff, and students at Rocky Mount High School.
Ms Dawson

Ms Kiel Dawson

Assistant Principal

I was educated and raised in Northampton County.  I am a proud 1993 graduate of Northampton County High School-West.  I continued my education as a Viking of Elizabeth City State University where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. As an educator, I have taught in Halifax County Schools, Northampton County Schools, and Petersburg City Schools in Petersburg, Virginia.  During this time I worked at both middle and high school levels.  In 2006 I earned my master's degree in administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix.  I gained my first Assistant Principal job in 2014 at Rocky Mount High School.  It is truly my pleasure to be a Gryphon!


"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use when trying to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
Dr. Williams

Ms. Cotelia Williams 

Assistant Principal

I am a proud graduate of Morehead Senior High school in Eden, NC.  Upon graduation from high school in 1993, I attended Shaw University in Raleigh, NC majoring in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology with a minor in Special Education. In 2008, I received M.Ed in Administration and Supervision from Liberty University. My teaching experience has been in both the traditional educational setting as well as the alternative educational school setting.  Counties in which I've been employed have been Durham County, Johnston County, and Wake County.  Employment with Nash County in 2017 has started my administrative career path as an Assistant Principal at Rocky Mount High School. 
"If you can’t fly run. If you can’t run walk. If you can’t walk crawl. But by all means, keep moving.” - Martin Luther King Jr.
Mr Maynard

Mr. Elbert Maynard

Assistant Principal

I graduated Valedictorian from Willow Run High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan-- Class of 1995. Marshall University offered me the John Marshall Scholarship, which I took advantage of for three and a half years until I moved to Fayetteville NC.  I transferred to Fayetteville State University and finished up my English Education degree.  I taught English and Journalism at Douglas Byrd High School and returned to Fayetteville State University to earn a Master's Degree in English.  I taught at Mattamuskeet Early College High School for two years before teaching at West Craven High School.  It was at West Craven that I received the North Carolina Principal Fellows Scholarship which enabled me to earn my Master's degree in School Administration from East Carolina University.  I served as an Assistant Principal at West Craven Middle School in Vanceboro and Grover C. Fields Middle School in New Bern before coming to Rocky Mount High School.
I firmly believe that every person has untapped potential, and that school is a stepping stone that gives you the tools to begin your education and realize that potential exists.  It is up to you to continue striving and reaching and never stop learning.
Support Staff
Elizabeth Silver
Amber Moore
School Nurse
Officer Tony Taylor 
Student Resource Officer
Sedrak Sheppard
Dean of Students/Dropout Prevention Coordinator