Dr. Mary Hemphill is the Co-Founder of Rebrand NC Education and has spent over 13 years in public education. She is a native of Hickory, NC, & after having graduated from Hickory High School, she went on to attend Meredith College as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow & graduated with a Bachelors in Spanish & Elementary Education. Following her tenure at Meredith, she began the Masters of School Administration program at Western Carolina University & successfully earned her MSA in December 2010. After having served as an assistant principal at the high school level & principal in an elementary school, in 2011, Dr. Hemphill was accepted into the PhD program through the School of Education at NC A&T State University. She completed the PhD program in 2014. In July 2015, Dr. Hemphill became principal at I. Ellis Johnson Elementary School in Scotland County & along with her amazing students, faculty, & staff IEJ moved from an F school to a C school in just two years! In August 2016, Dr. Hemphill was named Principal of the Year of Scotland County & Regional Principal of the Year for the Sandhills Region for the 2016-17 school year. In August 2017, Dr. Hemphill transitioned to the role of principal at Carver Middle School & STEM Academy. Dr. Hemphill was appointed in February 2019 as the state’s first director of Computer Science & Technology Education an endeavor she began in April 2019.