East Columbus High School is welcoming six new staff members.
Our new school counselor is Harley Locklear, who joins us from Vance County High School where he currently serves as a college adviser for UNC-Chapel Hill, working with students to attain admission to a post-secondary institution. Originally a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and South Robeson High School, he is excited to join our faculty and work with our students.
Our new art teacher is Jeffrey Rudnik, who comes to us from Emareau School in Bladen County. He is excited about joining our faculty. Known for building an art program, he cannot wait to start with East Columbus High School and our students. He will be an excellent fit for our students and will take our arts department to the next level.
Our new math teacher is Ricky Randolph, who has been teaching math in New Jersey for the past three year. A Wilmington native, he brings an infectious personality to our faculty. He is excited to work with our students.
Alicia Pickett will join the Career Technical Education department as a our new horticulture teacher. She comes to us from South Rowan High School and is excited to make her way to the eastern part of North Carolina and to East Columbus. She knows about our successes in FFA and looks forward to sharing her experiences.
Our new health and physical education teacher is Jeff Gainey. He joins us after spending the past four years at White Oak High School in Onslow County. A two-time teacher of the year, most recently at White Oak, he brings a wealth of knowledge in physical education and health. He has coached multiple sports and with us he will assist with football and basketball.
Our new science teacher is Carrie Dickerhoff, who joins us from Jacksonville High School where she has been teaching for the past two years. Prior to Jacksonville, she was a science teacher at Wakefield High School in Raleigh, 2005-2017. She brings a vast knowledge of the sciences and is looking forward to joining our staff.