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    Dr. Elena Ashburn

    Elena Ashburn was appointed principal of Needham B. Broughton High School in 2017. Dr. Ashburn grew up in southern Virginia and attended Longwood University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's of English and minor in Spanish. After college, Dr. Ashburn joined Teach For America and began her career as an English teacher at Southern Durham High School. Dr. Ashburn earned a Master's of School Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her principal internship at Holly Ridge Middle School. After serving as an assistant principal at Fuquay-Varina High School, Dr. Ashburn became principal of East Garner Magnet Middle School in 2014.

    At East Garner, Dr. Ashburn led the school in significantly improving student achievement outcomes, including exceeding expected growth targets for the first time in the school's history and moving the school out of the state-sanctioned low-performing status in 2016.

    At Broughton, Dr. Ashburn leads the Leadership Team and school community in implementation of the Broughton Five Year Strategic Plan, which was created over the course of a full year in 2017. Since implementation, the team has led in affecting meaningful change, including achieving the highest student graduation rate in Broughton's history twice, increasing 9th grade promotion rate by nearly 50%, and improving teacher retention to its highest rate, with an improvement of nearly 70%.

    Dr. Ashburn earned a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018 and was awarded the Michael Priddy Family Leadership Scholarship & Award for aspiring superintendents from the UNC School of Education the same year. Her dissertation research examined the underrepresentation of women in the superintendency, and in 2019, her research was presented at the annual global Women Leading Education conference in England. In addition to the principalship, Dr. Ashburn serves as a leadership coach for Magnet Schools of America, helping school leaders throughout the country implement magnet school programming in their schools and districts. In 2020, Dr. Ashburn was named the WCPSS Principal of the Year, the North Carolina North Central Region Principal of the Year, and the 2021 North Carolina Wells Fargo Principal of the Year. The UNC School of Education awarded Dr. Ashburn with the UNC Distinguished Alumna Award for her work in education in 2021.

    Dr. Ashburn is humbled by the opportunity to serve as principal in her own community and believes the goal of school leadership is to work alongside the community in raising great kids. She is married to Matt, a 2000 Broughton graduate and a United Methodist pastor, and together they are the proud parents of three young children.




    Mr. David Cassady
    Assistant Principal

    Phone: 919-856-7810 x23263
    Students with last name H-L

    David Cassady became an Assistant Principal at Needham B. Broughton High School in 2017. Mr. Cassady grew up in Northern Virginia and later attended Campbell University as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. He graduated from Campbell with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English and Secondary Education. While teaching English at Fuquay-Varina High School, Mr. Cassady earned his Master’s of School Administration from Campbell University and completed his tenure at Fuquay-Varina High as a principal intern. Mr. Cassady is thrilled to work with Broughton’s outstanding faculty and students, and he looks forward to serving its community as an assistant principal. He and his wife are the parents of three wonderful children.




    Officer Michael Foran
    School Resource Officer

    Officer Foran is a Senior Raleigh Police Officer who is assigned to Broughton High School as the School Resource Officer. Officer Foran grew up in central New Jersey and began his law enforcement career in 2005. In 2009, he moved with his wife to Raleigh and began training at the Raleigh Police Academy. After graduating from the Academy, he was assigned to the Downtown District for five years. In 2014, he graduated from the North Carolina Justice Academy's School Resource Program and became a School Resource Officer at Wakefield High School. In May 2015, Officer Foran was officially assigned to Broughton High School. Officer Foran works hard every day to ensure that the students of Broughton are safe and to improve school security. He teaches classes on issues such as drugs, gangs, safety, and driving laws, and also engages in discussions about police actions and perceptions of Law Enforcement in the community. Officer Foran was recipient of the August, 2018 NCHSAA Hometown Hero Award for his dedication and service to students, staff, and the community at Broughton High School.




    Dr. Brenda Harrell
    Assistant Principal

     Phone: 919-856-7810 x23261
     Students with last name A-Co

    Brenda Harrell has devoted more than 25 years in education. Her experiences range from elementary, middle and high school. During her career she’s had the privilege of working in several capacities such as: Principal of a private high school, Assistant Principal of a private k-8, Assistant Principal at a middle in the Durham Public School System for several years, an educational liaison, and teacher of middle and high school English, Social Studies, Science, and Math. In addition, Ms. Harrell has served as an Exceptional Children’s Facilitator and as a cooperating teacher. Ms. Harrell has a heart for all students and is tenacious in supporting teachers and students to assist in accomplishing her philosophy which is that every child can learn, they are conceived with destiny, born with a purpose and packaged with potential. Currently, Mrs. Harrell is starting her 5th year as an Assistant Principal at Broughton High School. Ms. Harrell has a BA in Psychology, a Masters in Special Education and School Administration, and a Doctorate in Theology.




    Ms. Nicolle Martin-Harris
    Assistant Principal

     Phone: 919-856-7810 x23260
     Students with last name So-Z

    Nicolle Martin Harris is entering her 4th year as an Assistant Principal and first one at Needham B. Broughton High School. Ms. Martin Harris is a native of the Dominican Republic and moved to North Carolina in 2004. She graduated from North Carolina Central University with a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grades Education with concentrations in Mathematics and Social Studies, A Master of Science in Applied Earth Science with a concentration in Seismology and then a Master in School Administration. Ms. Martin Harris taught mathematics at Phillips HS and later became an administrative intern and Assistant Principal at South Garner High School. As a flagship school in Wake County, and a desirable place to not only teach and learn, but also to serve, Ms. Martin Harris is excited to now join the legendary community at Broughton High School. Go CAPS!




    Dr. Diann Kearney
    Interim Assistant Principal

     Phone: 919-856-7810 x0

    A native of Greensboro, NC, Diann Kearney serves as principal coach and interim principal with Wake County Public Schools. She retired in 2018 after more than thirty years in public school leadership. She holds an undergraduate degree in secondary education from NCSU, a masters in school administration from UNCW and a doctorate in education from NCSU. She taught grades 5 through 12 and served as assistant principal at Sanderson High School and then as principal at Conn Magnet Elementary, Martin Magnet Middle and Apex High School. Dr. Kearney is currently serving Broughton as interim assistant principal. She previously served Broughton as interim principal from January through April 2020. She is married to Dennis Kearney and they have one son, Patrick, a proud BHS graduate.




    Mr. Michael Ludwick
    Assistant Principal

     Phone: 919-856-7810 x23262
     Students with last name M-P

    Mike Ludwick begins his thirty fifth year serving Wake County Schools and their students. In addition to his current role as Assistant Principal at Broughton High School, Mr. Ludwick has served as a Social Studies teacher and Paideia teacher as well as coaching soccer and cross country. Moreover, he supported new teachers by acting as a mentor teacher to beginning teachers and as a cooperating teacher for student teachers. Throughout his time as a teacher, coach and administrator, Mr. Ludwick has received nineteen letters of commendation from Wake County Public School System. 




    Mr. Michael MacGovern
    Assistant Principal

    Phone: 919-856-7810 x23274
    Students with last name Cr-G

    Michael MacGovern graduated from the University of Akron in Ohio with a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education. He received a Master's Degree in Special Education at East Carolina University is a National Board Certified Teacher, and received a Master's of School Administration Degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He taught for nine years at New Hanover High School in Wilmington, NC and coached JV/Varsity football for 12 years in Ohio and North Carolina. Mr. MacGovern served as an Administrative Intern at Murrayville Elementary School and North Garner Middle School and as an Assistant Principal at East Garner Magnet Middle School. Mr. MacGovern was named one of just five finalists for WCPSS Assistant Principal of the Year in 2021. He is a proud parent of a daughter named Quinn. Mr. MacGovern is proud to be a Cap! 




    Mr. Austin Morris
    Assistant Principal 

     Phone: 919-856-7810
     Assistant Principal for WCPSS Virtual Academy

    Mr. Morris attended the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree double major in English and Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. He then went on to Wake Forest University as a Master Teacher Fellow, where he received a master’s degree in secondary education. Mr. Morris has also received a law degree with honors from Elon University School of Law; and studied school leadership at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Mr. Morris previously taught high school English Language Arts and social studies for eight years, in Wake County and Moore County. He has successfully taught virtual, hybrid, and in-person courses. He also served in numerous school leadership roles, such as school newspaper advisor and debate coach. In addition, Mr. Morris has also served as a Beginning Teacher Coordinator, curriculum developer, and professional development presenter. Mr. Morris previously had the opportunity to work as a practicing attorney, although public education is his passion. Together with his wife and two children, he enjoys cheering on Broughton High School sports and arts, the Carolina Panthers, and the Tar Heels. Mr. Morris is proud to serve the Broughton Capitals, in addition to students across Wake County through the Virtual Academy!




    Mr. Mario Terry
    Assistant Principal Intern

    Phone: 919-856-7810 x29214

    Mario Terry is a North Carolina native. He attended North Carolina State University, where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Psychology and minor in Forensic Science. After college, Mr. Terry joined Teach for America (TFA) and began as an IB social studies teacher with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Mr. Terry served as a lead psychology instructor for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at Lafayette College, Franklin & Marshall College, and Roger Williams University over four consecutive summers. He also piloted the CTY Psychology program at Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, Greece. After serving two years beyond his two-year TFA commitment, Mr. Terry transferred to Wake County Public Schools as an IB social studies teacher at East Garner Magnet Middle School. He jumped right into WCPSS and supported collaborative systems for continuous improvement. Shortly after, Mr. Terry became an instructional coach and enrolled in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Master of School Administration program. In his final year of the MSA, he is eager to cultivate his leadership experience and apply it all to a community so close to home as an assistant principal intern at Broughton Magnet High School.




    Ms. Jasmine Vaughn
    Assistant Principal 

    Phone: 919-856-7810 x23288
    Students with last name Q-Sn

    Jasmine Vaughn is entering her 7th year in education as an Assistant Principal with Broughton High School. She is a Raleigh native and Southeast Raleigh Magnet High school 2010 graduate. After attending Hampton University and UNC-Charlotte, Mrs. Vaughn received her Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grades Education with a concentration in Math and Science in 2015. She spent 6 years teaching Math and Science at the middle school level in San Antonio, Texas, with Judson ISD and KIPP Texas, while her husband was on active duty in the US Army. Mrs. Vaughn has served as the Math department chair and Grade Level Leader for the past 2 years with Judson ISD. She and her husband have two intelligent and beautiful daughters. Mrs. Vaughn values mentorship, equity, inclusion, and support of all student success beyond the high school years in collegiate, trade, and vocational pathways.