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Steven G. Blackstock
Principal

I was born in Hampton, Virginia, and lived in Poquoson, Virginia, until attending college. In 1987 I married Suzanne, who now teaches social studies at First Flight Middle School. My daughter Katie Blanchard is a teacher; my son John is a professional bass player, and my daughter Mary Alice is a journalism major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

I earned a Bachelor of Music Education from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, a Master of Liturgical Music from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and a Master of Educational Leadership from East Carolina University. My educational career included 16 years in music education, 7 years teaching secondary mathematics, and 7 years in school administration. I was an administrative intern at Manteo Elementary School from 2010-2011, undertook the responsibilities of an assistant principal at First Flight High School from 2011-2012, was principal at Jarvisburg Elementary School in Currituck from 2012-2015 and have been proud to serve as principal of Manteo Elementary since 2015.

Assistant Principals

Dr. Shannon Castillo

I have been in K-8 education for more than 16 years, both in Florida and North Carolina. During this time, I have been an elementary teacher, reading recovery teacher, and instructional coach. For the last seven years I have been an administrator in Pitt, Greene, and Edgecombe County Schools. I earned a Bachelors of Elementary Education, a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction, a Masters in School Administration, and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from ECU. I come from a family of educators and school employees. We have two daughters, Annalisse, who is in 7th grade, and Genevieve, who is in 2nd grade. I am excited to bring my skills and passion for education to your school and to work with you as a partner to ensure the success of our MES students!

Elizabeth Kenan

Born and raised in Dare County, I attended Dare County schools and graduated from Manteo High School in 1998. I received my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and my Masters Degree in School Administration from East Carolina University. Go Pirates!! I have been a classroom teacher for 16 years, having taught second through fifth grades with 12 of those years in Currituck County.  Throughout the majority of my teaching experience I have always enjoyed taking on leadership roles and working with my teammates to accomplish goals and tasks. These experiences as a teacher leader have molded my vision for school leadership. I am excited to be back in Dare County, where it all began for me. More importantly, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with everyone at MES!