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DCS Celebrates Retirees

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Kenansville, North Carolina - May 15, 2024

At the Board of Education meeting held on May 14, 2024, Chairman Davis recognized Christy Johnson, Executive Director of Public Relations/Beginning Teacher Licensure Support, and Sharnelle Dixon, Assistant Principal at James Kenan High School, for their impending retirement.  Both leaders plan to retire from Duplin County Schools at the end of this school year.


Mr. Davis shared, “Mrs. Johnson began her career at DCS as an elementary teacher at Wallace Elementary School in 2001.  In 2014, she transitioned into the role of Employee Relations and Recruitment Services Coordinator, and in 2017 began serving as a Beginning Teacher Coordinator. In 2019, she assumed a role in Public Relations and since has also provided steady support to our Beginning Teachers, most recently, in the area of licensure.  Mrs. Johnson was also an instrumental member of the Teacher Advisory Committee for many years.  She has been invaluable to our district in every role she has served, and her dedication to student success is commendable.” 


Mrs. Johnson expressed gratitude to God, her family, the Board, and everyone who has helped her along the way.  She gave special thanks to Dr. Obasohan for all he has done for her professionally, personally and spiritually, and she commented, “our district is so much better because of you.”  


Mr. Davis then honored Mrs. Dixon and said, “Mrs. Dixon plans to retire from her position as Assistant Principal at James Kenan High School. Mrs. Dixon’s began her path at Duplin County Schools and is a true testament of how hard work, dedication, and perseverance can lead to success.  Her career at DCS began in the summer of 1993, when she accepted a clerical position in the area of Student Support Services.  From there, she advanced to a Parent Facilitator, then Social Worker, then Guidance Counselor, and then to Assistant Principal.  In each of these roles, Mrs. Dixon proved herself to be a strong advocate for parents, children, and the overall success of all school stakeholders.  She has an infectious enthusiasm for working with children and strong leadership skills that she always aligns with our District’s goals.”


Mrs. Dixon shared how she has been blessed to serve Duplin County Schools and how she will be a prayer warrior for our school.  She also thanked her family for their sacrifices and everyone who played a part in her success and touched her life in any way.


Both Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Dixon were presented with small tokens of appreciation, and the Board and Dr. Obasohan wished them well.


“Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Dixon have been a true blessing to our students, staff and community.  They have served our District with the utmost of integrity and professionalism, and they are among the most loyal servants to DCS.  We are so grateful for their service to our school system.  Their contributions to our school family are countless, and we thank them for their many years of dedication,” said Dr. Obasohan.