Administrative Team

  • T. Aaron Marcin, Principal

    Welcome to East Millbrook Magnet Middle School – My name is Aaron Marcin, and I am the Lead Learner here at the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts. I joined the East Millbrook family in 2019, bringing 20 years of experience in teaching and learning throughout North Carolina. Before coming to the Academy, I served as a Principal, Assistant Principal, and a teacher in Wake, Durham, and Chatham counties.

    I was raised the oldest of six children by two amazing parents in a rural village in Michigan. After graduating high school, I attended Indiana University, moved to NC, and began my teaching career. After nine years, I obtained my Master’s in School Administration at NC State and moved into a school administrator role. Coming to East Millbrook Magnet Middle School has been the most rewarding and fulfilling experience of my career. It has been amazing to begin building meaningful relationships with our students, our staff, and the school community of East Millbrook.

    We are excited to begin the 2022-2023 school year by focusing on empowering students, teachers and families within the EM3 community.  The amazing instructional team of adults at EM3 have worked hard over the past three years to ensure that they are building positive relationships with students, making the instruction and experiences relevant to students and providing rigorous learning opportunities for every child.

    When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and sharing the fun and exciting experiences with our 10 and 6-year-old boys in my free time.

    I look forward to seeing you soon!                                                       


    Jordache Artis, 6th Grade Assistant Principal                    


    Jordache Artis is the 6th Grade Assistant Principal at East Millbrook Magnet Middle School.  Mr. Artis is originally from Chesapeake, VA and has lived in Raleigh, NC, since 2005. 

    Mr. Artis attended Shaw University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education in 2005.  He then became a 5th grade teacher at Harris Creek Elementary School, where he pursued his Masters in School Administration degree from North Carolina State University.  Upon graduation, Mr. Artis served as an Assistant Principal at Durant Elementary School, where he worked for six years.  Mr. Artis came to East Millbrook Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts in 2018, where he serves as the 6th grade Assistant Principal. 

    Mr. Artis is excited to spend the year building relationships with students, teachers, and parents, as well as helping students reach their full potential.


    Lauren Taylor, 7th Grade Assistant Principal

    Lauren Taylor is a proud native of Durham, N.C.  She had the opportunity to attend an art school throughout her middle and high school years. 
    Post high school, Mrs. Taylor obtained her Bachelor's Degree from N.C. A&T State University (Aggie Pride!).  Immediately after college, she began her career in education in Cleveland, Ohio where she taught science and coached teachers for 5 years before returning to North Carolina. 
    Mrs.Taylor enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends, and her dog, Jack!  Coffee and sweets are her love languages.  Mrs. Taylor enjoys serving the EM3 community.  She remains in education because of the impact her former and current students have had on her life.



    Brittanie McCants, 8th Assistant Principal

    Brittanie McCants is originally from South Charleston, West Virginia, where she lived until moving to Charlotte, NC, during her middle school years. She later moved to the Triangle to attend the NC School of Science and Math and stayed to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle Grades Education at UNC-Chapel Hill.
    Mrs. McCants then taught 6th grade Social Studies, ELA, ESL, and leadership at Neal Middle School in Durham, NC, where she was named “Teacher of the Year” for 2018-2019. While at Neal, Mrs. McCants served as the volleyball coach, track & field coach, and All-County Chorus instructor. She joined the East Millbrook Middle School family in 2020, and has served as the 8th Grade Assistant Principal since. Mrs. McCants favorite part of working at East Millbrook is getting to see our students become grow as people and learners.
    Outside of school, Mrs. McCants enjoys reading, traveling to new countries, and trying out new kitchen gadgets. Her favorite time of all, however, is spent with her husband, their daughter, and their two dogs.