My name is Jerome Gidrey and I am the principal of Summersill Elementary School. Thank you for taking the time to learn about me and our school.
I was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Jerome Sr. & Doris Gidrey. I was an extremely small baby and had the normal complications of a baby born prematurely. Upon my father’s return from his second tour of duty in the Vietnam War, Jerome Sr., a U.S. Marine, was transferred to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
I and my four younger brothers spent most of our school years moving from North Carolina to South Carolina, then back to North Carolina, to upstate New York and finally I graduated from high school in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. I then followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Marines right out of high school. I enjoyed my 13 years in the Marines and was honorably discharged after a serious knee injury.
I then attended Coastal Carolina Community College for two years and then transferred to UNC-Wilmington, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle Grades Education. I taught language arts and social studies at Jacksonville Commons Middle School, in Jacksonville, North Carolina, for nine years and was named “Teacher of the Year” at Jacksonville Commons Middle in 2006-2007. During this time I pursued his master’s degree in school administration through East Carolina University. In 2010, I was transferred to Swansboro High School where he served as an assistant principal for four years. In 2014, I was promoted to principal of Southwest Middle School, in Jacksonville, North Carolina. In 2018, I became the principal of Summersill Elementary School.
I am involved in local organizations which promote teaching and mentoring the youth of Onslow County. I, previously, served on the board of directors for Aspire, Reaching Beyond the Obvious, a program for 11-18 year old youth. I am also very involved in my church, Deliverance Evangelistic Temple, where I work with the teenagers, am a member of the Men’s Choir, serve as an usher, and recently became a Deacon for the church.
I am married to my childhood crush, Michele Bradley, and together we have three daughters; Alexandrea, Britney, and Madisyn, a son-in-law, Marshall (married to Alex) and a grandson, Troy.
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