About Mr. Howard


Serving in the field of education for the past 23 years, Mr. Willie Howard III has a range of leadership experiences. Howard is a native of Miami, FL, and started his career in education with Miami Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS). He has served as a Severely Emotional Disturbed (SED) Teacher at Robert Renick Educational Center (Grades 6 thru 8). He served as a Severely Emotional Disturbed (SED) Teacher at Miami Jackson Sr. High School (MDCPS January 1995 to June 2002).


Mr. Howard served as a Behavioral Emotional Disturbed (BED) Teacher at Cochrane Middle School in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District. Mr. Howard served as an Assistant Principal of Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School.


Mr. Howard founded (2008) Charlotte’s 1st Premier All-Boys Private Christian School (The Talented Tenth Boys Academy of NC). As the Chief Executive Officer for The Talented Tenth Boys Academy of NC, Mr. Howard galvanized partnerships with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) to receive Non-public school Title 1 support for families. Through Mr. Howard’s leadership, the Non-Profit Organization received multiple grants from the Dollar General Foundation. Mr. Howard also began a great partnership with the Children’s Scholarship Foundation of Charlotte. Mr. Howard continues to serve on the Board of Directors for The Talented Tenth Boys Academy of NC.


Mr. Howard joined Union County Public Schools (UCPS) as the lead administrator of the Virtual Evening Program located at Central Academy of Technology and Arts (CATA). Mr. Howard was later tapped to serve as the Principal of South Providence School.


Mr. Howard received his Bachelor of Science degree and Masters of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University.


“I am honored to serve with the educators and professionals of Nash-Rocky Mount Schools. I truly look forward to enhancing and enriching the lives of the families that Tar River Academy serves.”





About Ms. Cooper


Ms. Linda Cooper joined Tar River Academy for the 2018-2019 school year. She has 22 years of experience in education. She is entering her fifth year serving as an assistant principal, for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, two of which were at Williford Elementary School. Ms. Cooper has taught in grades third, fourth, and fifth, serving at Coopers Elementary, Hubbard Elementary, and Middlesex Elementary Schools. She also served as an AIG Facilitator during her teaching career.


Ms. Cooper has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Barton College, a Master of Arts degree in Reading Education from East Carolina University, and an Administration Licensure from Gardner Webb University. She is a proud product of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, a graduate of Southern Nash High School, Home of the Firebirds!


"I am fortunate to have the opportunity to touch the lives of the students and their families. At Tar River Academy, we are committed to doing what is best for our students. I am looking forward to the new year. Phoenix Pride!"

Mr. Willie Howard
Ms. Linda Cooper
Assistant Principal