Debra Barham has more than 40 years of experience as an educator that advocates for students. She has served as a teacher leader, assistant principal, principal and district level administrators. Barham’s school based experience includes k-12 urban, rural and inner city settings. District level experiences include curriculum specialist, executive director (k-8), high school instructional improvement officer, program administrator, and leadership coach. Barham has mentored or coached administrators in North Carolina, New Orleans, California, and Texas. Barham holds a bachelors degree in Education and a masters degree in Curriculum and Administration from North Carolina A&T State University. Graduate level work at Appalachian State University and Nova Southeastern University add to her belief in life long learning.
Sandy Sikes joins High Point Leadership Academy after 30 years in North Carolina public schools. Sandy has a vast experience in education as a teacher, administrator, professor and coach. While in public schools, she taught science in both middle and high school levels for 14 years. She served as an administrator at both high school and elementary levels for 16 years. She then worked as a professor at Wake Forest University. She served as a Visiting Clinical Professor in the Department of Education as well as the Program Director for Elementary Education. During her tenure there, she supervised interns and student teachers at the elementary and high school levels, working with administrators extensively at both levels. Most recently, she worked with NC New Schools as a Leadership and STEM Design Coach. Sandy received her A.S. in Applied Science from Elon University, a B.A. and M.A. in Biology at UNCG and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at UNCG.