T. Aaron Marcin, PrincipalWelcome 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 with me 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 career in teaching. 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 such meaningful relationships with our students, our staff, and the school community of East Millbrook.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and sharing in fun and exciting experiences with our 6 and 3 year old boys.
I look forward to seeing you soon!
Jordache Artis, Assistant Principal
Jordache Artis is the 6th Grade Assistant Principal at East Millbrook Magnet Middle School. Mr. Artis is originally from Chesapeake, VA but 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 went on to become 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 Road Elementary School, where he worked for six years. This is Mr. Artis' second year at East Millbrook Middle and he is excited about building relationships with students, teacher and parents, as well as helping students reach their full potential.
Dena Nealy, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Nealy is the 8th Grade Assistant Principal at East Millbrook Magnet Middle School. She has worked for the Wake County Public School System for a total of 11 years as a middle school Language Arts teacher, Instructional Facilitator and School Administrator. She holds a BA in Professional English, with a concentration in Elementary education. She also holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, and School Administration. Mrs. Nealy is a devoted wife, and mom of three. She believes that education is the pathway to success. Her ultimate goal as an educator is to empower teachers, and to inspire students. She believes her role at East Millbrook, and with WCPSS is to service all community members (Students, Teachers, and Parents). She finds much comfort in watching all students grow, and providing space for all teachers to reach their highest goal.
Ryan Williams, Assistant Principal
Mr. Williams is the 7th Grade Assistant Principal at East Millbrook Magnet Middle School. He graciously served as an educator and mentor for the Wake County Public School System for 10 years at both the elementary and secondary level. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education, a Masters degree in Elementary education, and a Masters degree in School Administration. Mr. Williams is a devoted husband and father who believes that every student is brilliant, and it is our job as educators to inspire students to be leaders and change-agents in the world. Mr. Williams' mission is to ensure each student is provided access to resources and opportunities, in order to achieve individualized success.