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  • Go Panthers! 


    I am honored to be joining Hunters Creek Middle School as your new assistant principal. I look forward to working in partnership with Mrs. Andre and the staff to continue the work of supporting and providing all students and families with an educational experience where values and diversity are celebrated.

    I earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a M.A. in Elementary Education and Executive Leadership from Gardner Webb. This is my sixteenth year in education. I began my teaching career in Stanly County Schools, which is where I grew up. My love for the beach led me to Onslow County, where I taught middle school for 5 years. 

    In my spare time, I enjoy going to the beach, reading, and spending time with my family and my four dogs. I have one son, Landon, who graduated from Swansboro High School.

    I am committed to working alongside Mrs. Andre and Mrs. Napier as we continue to provide leadership and build a structure of collaborative relationships in the school and community, so that ALL students have opportunities to succeed! My door is always open. I wholeheartedly welcome your conversation and feedback throughout this year. I look forward to celebrating our successes during the 2023-2024 school year.



    Tara Burgess

    Assistant Principal

    (910) 353-2147 ext. 23002