Mr. Reaves joins SBHS with over 20 years of experience as a Principal at both the middle and high school levels. He was most recently Principal at Winterville Charter Academy in Winterville, N.C., where he helped boost the school’s enrollment, improve their state report card grade and performance composite and reduced teacher attrition.
His career includes roles as Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services at Craven County Schools as well as Principal at Springfield Middle School and Beddingfield High School. Reaves was named Wilson County Schools “Principal of the Year” in 2008, and went on to lead Beddingfield to a North Carolina School of Distinction designation for the 2010-11 and 2011- 12 school years, reaching a school performance composite of over 88%.
Dr. JoAnne Woodard is the founder and executive director
of Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts & Education. She is the driving force behind the school’s unique arts-based curriculum, its culturally-diverse faculty and student body, and its study abroad program which sends students to countries like China, India, Africa and Australia. A native of Wilson, Dr. Woodard has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bennett College (1969) and a masters and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (1975).
I’m excited to teach English at Sallie B. Howard! This is my fourth year teaching; I’ve spent the last three years at Durham Public Schools. I grew up in Granville County. I’m a 2016 graduate of UNC Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s in English and Hispanic Linguistics. I also earned a Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Duke University in 2017 as a Durham Teaching Fellow. Education is something I’ve always been drawn to. My passion is helping students develop their perspective on the world and their expression of their beliefs. My hope is that students leave my classroom with a heightened ability to ask the hard questions. I believe my job is to help students learn how to question the world around them, figure out what they can do to make it better, and express their views and opinions to varied audiences.
Paul Atlas has returned to SBH as Band Director after 7 years. A 16+ year veteran in music education, Mr. Atlas is a 1986 graduate of North Carolina State University with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. After working for several years as an engineer, he returned to school and received a BS degree in Music/Math Education from St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, NC in 1997. He began teaching at Sallie B. Howard in 1997 as one of the inaugural members of the faculty. Initially he taught general music and chorus, but soon saw the need for an instrumental music program and established the band program in 1998. The band would eventually become one of the best middle school programs, not only in Wilson, but also in eastern North Carolina as evidenced in the numerous superior and excellent ratings received at the North Carolina Bandmaster’s Association Music Festivals.
Mr. Atlas has also earned a Master’s of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, NC. He serves as the senior pastor of Amanah AME Zion Church in Knightdale, NC. Mr. Atlas is married to the lovely Shellena Atlas and they have two wonderful canines named Wolf and Pack! He is passionate about music and looks forward to sharing that passion with the students he teaches.