ISD Team

Eric Hall

ISD Superintendent

Dr. Eric Hall has over 22 years of experience in the fields of education, youth development and juvenile justice. Currently, he serves as the founding Superintendent of the North Carolina Innovative School District (ISD). Eric led the creation and development of this new statewide school district, which operates under the administration of the State Board of Education and the State Superintendent. The focus of the ISD is to create innovative conditions in partnership with local communities to drive improvement in student achievement at low-performing schools across the state.

Prior to his appointment as the Superintendent of the ISD, Eric served as the President and CEO of Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC). In this role Eric led and supported a state-wide non-profit network dedicated to the effective implementation of evidence-based Integrated Student Supports or wraparound services. CISNC’s proven model promotes student achievement by addressing barriers to success. During Eric’s tenure with CISNC, services were delivered in more than 300 schools across the state, reaching over 150,000 students each year. He worked in partnership with state and local education leaders, as well as business leaders to support and sustain services aimed at improving education across North Carolina. CISNC’s ultimate goal is to see every student in the state achieve in school, graduate and be empowered for a lifetime of success.

Eric also served as the National Director of Educational Services for AMIkids, Inc., a nonprofit organization providing intervention services to youth in juvenile justice programs and nontraditional schools in nine states. During his tenure at AMIkids, he spearheaded the creation of educator and school-leader training programs, as well as the development of curriculum and instructional strategies aimed at accelerating student academic achievement.

Eric’s other career experience includes successful board and community development; strategic planning; the cultivation and stewardship of donors; effective personnel management; and expertise in nonprofit management, youth development services, educator effectiveness, education reform and educational leadership. He began his career as a teacher, then later transitioned into school administration, and soon after promoted to lead the implementation of education reforms in Florida and other states across the nation.

Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Science Education, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of South Florida. His research has been published in academic journals and books, with topics focused on student discipline, the school-to-prison pipeline, school leadership, and non-traditional schools.

Eric has been a member of many professional affiliations and is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing outstanding leadership in corporate relations, nonprofit management, and legislative initiatives. In December 2015, Eric was appointed by then-Governor Pat McCrory in North Carolina to serve on the NCWorks Commission and served as a member of the commission’s Executive Committee. He has also served on the State Board of Education’s Interagency Advisory Committee and Whole Child NC Committee.

Eric, his wife, and their two children moved to North Carolina when he was named President and CEO of Communities In Schools of North Carolina in January 2013.


Debbie Brown

Human Resources Manager

Debbie joined the Innovative School District (ISD) team in April 2018. Educators and support staff at schools transferred into the ISD are employees of the ISD, so she fills a critical role in building a qualified and talented school staff that is driven to maximize student achievement and success.

Debbie was born and raised in Monroe, NC. As a child, she enjoyed playing school and watching her friends learn and grow. This started a life-long interest in education.

After high school, Debbie enrolled at East Carolina University majoring in music education. While there, she discovered that teaching was a natural fit for her and she loved working with young people.

After spending a decade teaching music in the public school system, Debbie was driven to expand her role in education, so she enrolled at Pembroke State University and obtained a Master of Arts in Education degree. This enabled her to move into Assistant Principal and Principal roles that she held for 12 years. After that, Debbie spent eight years serving employees in Hoke and Cumberland County Schools through the Human Resources Department, including five years as the Director of Human Resources with Cumberland County Schools.

Just prior to joining the ISD team, Debbie worked in the Cumberland County community assisting with efforts to decrease the homeless population. Throughout her career, she has dedicated her time and talent to serving others. Debbie continues that pursuit in her newest role with the ISD.

Anita Holbrook

Operations Specialist

As the Operations Specialist for the Innovative School District (ISD), Anita manages all aspects of office administration for the ISD, including scheduling, purchasing, contracting, communications and providing administrative support to the ISD team.

Anita has more than 12 years of professional experience in the areas of human resources and office administration. Prior to joining the ISD in May 2018, she was an administrative specialist with the North Carolina State Retirement System. Anita has also held HR and operations specialist positions at various organizations, including Fidelity Investments and ABB.

Anita holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and is currently a doctoral candidate with Walden University. In her spare time, Anita speaks to groups of women on health and wellness.

A native of Statesville, NC, Anita currently resides in Cary. NC. She believes her experience growing up in a small town instilled in her the values that inspired her to pursue advanced degrees and to excel in her life and career. She passed those essential values onto her son who is currently a scholar and an athlete at UNC Charlotte.

Robin Roberson

Finance Manager

Robin joined the Innovative School District (ISD) team in June 2018 as Finance Manager. She brings valuable budget management experience to the ISD as well as expertise in the areas of employee benefits, leave and salaries.

The majority of Robin’s career was spent in public education. She has 15 years of experience in an administrative capacity with Lenoir County Public Schools in North Carolina. While there, she served three years as the Career Technical Education (CTE) Director and 12 years as Human Resources Director. In 2011, Robin was named Administrator of the Year for Lenoir County Public Schools.

Prior to working in an administrative capacity, Robin was a business education teacher and technology specialist at Kinston High School, in Kinston NC, and a CTE testing coordinator for Lenoir County Schools. Before choosing a career in education, Robin worked in private industry for several years. Additionally, since 2012, Robin has served as a North Carolina Farm Bureau Women’s Committee Member.

Robin holds a Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s degree in Business Education from East Carolina University. Born and raised in eastern North Carolina, Robin resides with her husband on the family farm in Lenoir County. They have six children and seven grandchildren.

David Prickett

Communications & External Affairs

David has over 30 years of experience successfully leading communications, marketing and change management efforts in various industries, including manufacturing, engineering, healthcare, education and state and federal government. He joined the Innovative School District (ISD) in October 2016. In this role, he is responsible for developing and implementing communications and stakeholder outreach strategies to support the ISDís mission to partner with local communities to improve student achievement in low-performing schools in North Carolina.

Prior to joining the ISD, David was the Communications Director for the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources. While there, he led agency-wide communications efforts, including change management initiatives, stakeholder outreach and awareness-building campaigns, collateral development and dissemination, media relations, employee recognition programs, events, website content, video production, and social media channels.

Additionally, David has over 10 years of experience working for a government consulting firm providing communications, project management and technical assistance expertise to numerous state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor (Office of Apprenticeship, Office of National Response, Business Relations Group, Job Corps), U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy, NC Department of Public Instruction and North Carolina Partnership for Children.

David holds a bachelorís degree in Art from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. In 2015, David conceptualized, designed and published an award-winning statewide employee newsletter entitled The Resource. In 2016, this publication won the Eva N. Santos Communications Award for excellence in HR communications from the National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE) and an Excellence in Communications Award from the North Carolina Association of Government Information Officers (NCAGIO).

Born in Kentucky and raised in Ohio, David has called North Carolina home for the past 35 years. He currently resides with his wife and son in Wake Forest, NC.

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