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Steven G. Blackstock

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.

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Tami Harper

I have been blessed to be an educator in Dare County Schools for 19 years. I served as a high school history teacher for 15 years and as an administrator for the past 4 years here at MES. I hold an Associates Degree from COA, a Bachelors in History/Secondary Ed. from ECSU, and a Masters in Administration and Curriculum Specialists from ECU. I am also a National Board Certified Teacher.  I have been a resident of Manteo/Wanchese for thirty-three years and have two children who are in the Manteo Schools. I understand the importance in which my position holds, which is to invest in the success of the children in my community. I believe that every child matters and my goal  is to instill that belief in themselves and to eliminate barriers and obstacles that would prevent students from realizing their full potential. My mission is to prepare students to be responsible, thoughtful, respectful, independent, creative and to  encourage them and build their self-esteem. It is vital that we provide students the opportunity to build those skills that will help them navigate life successfully. I am proud of the superior teachers and staff we have at MES, and I am overwhelmed by their dedication and commitment they have for our students. I cannot express enough how much I love and appreciate the students and parents, and it is an honor and a privilege to serve the families at MES.

Curtis Price

Dear MES parents and stakeholders,

    First of all, I want to say thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to serve your students and teachers here at Manteo Elementary School. My love and passion has always been centered on serving students in a way that establishes a memorable and positive experience. My calling to be an educator has allowed me the greatest opportunity in the world, and that is to help students learn, grow and succeed. I believe all students have the capability to be successful and I understand how important a parent or stakeholders role is to the success of that scholar. As an administrator I plan on building a trusting, open doors relationship with you where we can work together to ensure your child is learning, growing, and succeeding while they’re a part of our Manteo Elementary School family. 
In regards to my credentials, I began my studies at Longwood University in Virginia where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2009. Shortly after, I continued my studies at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and East Carolina University before being granted an opportunity to teach Science in Costa Rica for 6 months. While I was a teacher, I wanted to ensure that every day, every student would enjoy coming into my classroom because they understood it was safe, engaging and personalized. This passion continues to drive my daily practice, which in turn led me to become an administrator where I graduated in 2016 with a Master of Art degree in School Administration from Gardner Webb University.  As an administrator, whenever a student, teacher, parent, or stakeholder walks into our school building, I want them to feel the pulse of the school where we work at personalizing education for all of our students, while successfully collaborating as a team throughout the building so that our students and teachers feel empowered, safe and excited to learn each and every day. Being a part of the Manteo community through most of my teaching and coaching career has personally shaped me with beliefs that I hold to be true about how special and dedicated this community is to their schools and children. I love Manteo, its families and its schools, and I will continue to foster these relationships while serving your school with vigor, class and dedication. 
 I am excited to work with you and am eager to help each one of you gain the best possible learning experience for your child while they attend school here at Manteo Elementary. Please feel free to contact me via phone or email with any of your questions or concerns. I can be reached at 473-2742, ext 1433 or


Curtis W. Price, Sr.
Assistant Principal
Manteo Elementary