Tyrrell Elementary School Administration Announcement


September 24, 2021

The Tyrrell County Schools District has announced the following administrative moves, which will begin Monday, September 27th, for the 2021-2022 school year.

Mrs. Cheryl Helms, Principal of Tyrrell Elementary School, has been appointed Auxiliary Services Coordinator. 

Helms has served as Principal of Tyrrell Elementary School for the past 2 years.  She has worked in education for over 18 years. Prior to service as Principal of Tyrrell Elementary, she served as assistant principal and a 4th grade teacher in Tyrrell County. She was also a Health and Physical Education teacher for Hertford County Schools.

“I have truly enjoyed being a part of the Tyrrell Elementary team and building a strong community committed to the success of our students,” Helms said.  “This new position will allow me the opportunity to develop as a leader. Now, I have the opportunity to reconnect with students across the district.”

Mrs. Joyeria Johnson - Brothers, Assistant Principal of Tyrrell Elementary School, has been appointed to serve as District Testing Coordinator and Exceptional Children’s Compliance Specialist.

Mrs. Brothers has worked in education for over 15 years.  Prior to her time at Tyrrell Elementary School, she worked for the Elizabeth City –Pasquotank County Public Schools District serving as a Career and Technical Education teacher at both River Road and Elizabeth City Middle schools.  

“It has been both a privilege and honor to work with the staff and students at Tyrrell Elementary School,” Johnson-Brothers said.  “I look forward to enhancing my leadership skills while supporting the district’s staff and students in this new administrative role.”

Dr. Wayne Talley, will serve as Interim Principal at Tyrrell Elementary School.  Dr. Talley is a retired educator with over 34 years in public education. Dr. Talley has served the students of North Carolina in various roles in public education. He has served as Professor of Educational Leadership Studies at Gardner Webb University, Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, building level administrator on multiple levels and was a former classroom teacher.

“I look forward to working with the staff, students and parents at Tyrrell Elementary School,” Talley said.  “I am committed to assisting Mr. Holley, the staff of TES, and the district during this transition. This is a great district with wonderful teachers, of which are dedicated to providing the best teaching and learning environment for all students.”

Superintendent Oliver A. Holley stated that he is committed to working with district staff, Tyrrell Elementary School staff and stakeholders to begin identifying the qualities and characteristics for their next principal and assistant principal.