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.

    I enjoy spending time with my family and sharing the fun and exciting experiences with our 6 and 3-year-old boys in my free time.

    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 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 Road Elementary School, where he worked for six years.  This is Mr. Artis' second year at East Millbrook Middle. He is excited about building relationships with students, teachers, and parents, as well as helping students reach their full potential.



    Lauren Daugherty, Assistant Principal


    A proud native of Durham! Ms, Daugherty had the opportunity to attend Durham School of The Arts for middle and high school. Upon graduating from high school, she attended THE North Carolina A&T State University (Aggie Pride!) where she received my Bachelor's in Psychology. After graduating from college, she was accepted into Teach For America- Cleveland, OH. While in Ohio, Ms. Daugherty taught middle school science to a group of wonderful and brilliant children. Subsequently, she joined Teach For America's staff as an Instructional Coach. After five years of living in Cleveland, she had enough of the brutal winters and decided to return home. Ms. Daugherty had the opportunity to teach at Neal Middle School before pursuing a Master's in School Administration. While pursuing her Master's, she had the chance to intern at Millbrook Elementary School last school year. Ms. Daugherty loves what she does, and has her students to thank. She is in this profession because of them!

    Brittanie Howard, Assistant Principal 


    Brittanie Howard 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.
    Ms. Howard 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, Ms. Howard served as the volleyball coach, track & field coach, and All-County Chorus instructor. 
    Outside of school, she enjoys singing, traveling to new countries, and trying out new gadgets. Ms. Howard is excited to be a part of the East Millbrook Middle School family and looks forward to working alongside students, families, and the EM3 staff to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to reach their greatest potential.