On December 11, 2019, the Craven County Board of Education and H.J. McDonald Middle School spotlighted an administrator that leads in professional learning, Mrs. Courtney Morgan.


#TheNewHJ is a hashtag that is being used to describe the NEW culture that has been created at H.J. MacDonald. The professional learning process has undergone an overhaul this year in comparison to previous years. The spirit of student-centered learning has taken over the building and can easily be felt when you enter the front doors. Although many have contributed to this shift, it has been the effort of one person in particular who has been instrumental in this movement. Many educators are “hungry and/or thirsty” for information to make themselves better in order to impact more students. There are some educators who understand that a greater impact is made when your professional growth leads to growth in other educators/colleagues who then influence/impact the students in their classes. The power of this exponential growth reaches far wider and much deeper. H.J. MacDonald is fortunate to have leaders in the building who understand and live by the latter description. Teachers at THE H.J. MacDonald have their instructional skills sharpened weekly by a leader who has scoured numerous books, articles, videos, podcasts, and educational journals on topics aligned to increasing student achievement. This leader has delivered multiple professional development sessions in the HJM PLC room each week thus transforming it into a learning lab for teachers. The walls are filled with anchor charts, data, and other artifacts of the learning that is taking place for teachers in order for them to facilitate the learning for our students. Assistant Principal Courtney Morgan’s commitment to increasing her knowledge bank in order to become a wealth of knowledge for her colleagues is commendable.