Phone: 919-466-1500


Degrees and Certifications:

Doctor of Education, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C. Master of School Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C. Bachelor of Science in Science Education, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.

Dr. Stephanie Raiford


Dr. Raiford has lived in North Carolina most of her life after her family moved here from Dunoon, Scotland. She began her career as a high school Biology teacher and taught at several high schools before making the transition to an administrator. Dr. Raiford was a North Carolina Principal Fellow and began her administrative career as an Assistant Principal where she spent five years at Reedy Creek Middle School. She led Briarcliff Elementary as the Principal for seven years before moving to Mills Park Middle School in 2019. She lives in Cary with her husband and raised two children who attended WPCSS schools. Dr. Raiford loves being a part of the Mills Park community.

Favorite Education Quote:

“Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge."- Simon Sinek

Favorite Activities:

Dr. Raiford loves to read, cook, and spend time with her family at the beach.

Favorite Teams:

NC State Wolfpack

Favorite Book:

Harry Potter and Mysteries

Why Did I Become a Teacher:

I became a teacher because I was inspired by my high school Chemistry teacher, Mr. Winfield. He made me love Science and I wanted to make a difference to students like he did for me.

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