Tara Burgess

Ms. Tara Burgess

  • Dear Coastal Pelican Family,


    I am honored to be joining the Coastal Elementary School as your new assistant principal. I look forward to working in partnership with Mr. Joines and the staff to continue the work of supporting and providing all students and families with an educational experience where values and diversity are celebrated.

    I earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a M.A. in Elementary Education and Executive Leadership from Gardner Webb. This is my fifteenth year in education. I began my teaching career in Stanly County Schools, which is where I grew up. My love for the beach led me to Onslow County, where I have been a teacher for the last four years. Although I have spent most of my career in middle school, I am excited about beginning this new adventure in elementary.

    In my spare time, I enjoy going to the beach, reading, and spending time with my family and my four dogs. I have one son, Landon, who graduated last year from Swansboro High School.

    I am committed to working alongside Mr. Joines as we continue to provide leadership and build a structure of collaborative relationships in the school and community, so that ALL students have opportunities to succeed! My door is always open. I wholeheartedly welcome your conversation and feedback throughout this year. I look forward to celebrating our successes during the 2022-2023 school year.



    Tara Burgess

    Assistant Principal