Tar River Academy Mission Statement
We strive to meet the unique needs of our students through innovative evidence based practices addressing academic, social/emotional and career skills to help them overcome barriers and get back on track to reach their post-secondary goals.  



About Ms. Dawson


Ms. Dawson was educated and raised in Northampton County.  She is a proud 1993 graduate of Northampton County High School-West.  She continued her education as a Viking of Elizabeth City State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.  In 2006, Ms. Dawson earned her masters degree in administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix.


As an educator, Ms. Dawson has taught in Halifax County Schools, Northampton County Schools, and Petersburg City Schools in Petersburg, Virginia.  During this time she worked in both middle and high school levels. 


She gained her first assistant principal position in 2014 at Rocky Mount High School.  Leaving Rocky Mount High School, Ms. Dawson was briefly the NCPS Project AWARE Evaluator/Coach before arriving at Tar River Academy as principal.  









Ms. Keil Dawson