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Ms. Shanta Cooks

Principal's Corner

Welcome to Blue Creek Elementary!

Bronco Families!!!! 

The summer has flown by and we are just about ready to start the 2022-2023 school year.   I was born in Jacksonville but my father was military so we moved around quite a bit.  We settled back in Jacksonville after my dad retired, I attended Northwoods Park Middle school and graduated from Jacksonville High School.  I attended East Carolina University and immediately started teaching in Edgecombe County after graduating in 2004.  After 3 years of teaching in Rocky Mount, I returned to Jacksonville and taught 4th and 5th grade at Clyde Erwin Elementary School for 9 years.  In 2016, I became the Assistant Principal at Northwoods Park Middle School! 

We will continue our work with AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) through the integration of AVID strategies in all grades with an emphasis in third through fifth grades. Blue Creek will continue  implementation of The Leader in Me. The Leader in Me is based on Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. Students will learn about the 7 Habits and how they can become leaders in their classrooms, at home and in their community. Additional information about The Leader in Me can be found at:

I believe that ALL students can learn.  Building strong relationships with students and families is imperative to success!! I am honored to continue to serve the Blue Creek students, community, families, and staff as the principal.  Together we will ensure EXCELLENCE in Education for ALL of our Broncos!

If you have questions or concerns please stop by, call the school at 347-1717, or email me at

I am confident that the 2022-2023 school year is going to be AMAZING! 


Shanta' Cooks