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Our Administrative Team
Duane Whittaker
Mr. Whittaker
     Duane Whittaker started as Principal in 2014 at McMichael High School, after working as Assistant Principal for two years. Mr. Whittaker has also worked at Bassett High School as a Social Studies teacher, Fieldale-Collinsville High School, Magna Vista High School, and Eastern View High School as an assistant principal, and Drewry Mason Middle School as a principal. He attended Bluefield College and received an undergraduate degree in Social Studies with a minor in Education. Later, he attended Radford University for a graduate degree in Educational Leadership. Mr. Whittaker’s favorite part of the McMichael community is how nice the students are. “I feel very fortunate to be able to come to work in such a great place.”

     Mr. Whittaker’s biggest influence to go into education were two of his college professors, Dr. Stuart McGhee and Dr. David Armbrister.  What inspires him to work with younger generations is trying to help them get to the next level, whether it be college, the military, or the work force. “I never want any of our students to be forced to settle for something less. I want them to be able to choose their future, not have their future choose them because they weren’t successful in high school.”

     While Mr. Whittaker isn’t at school, he enjoys spending time with his family. His wife, Jenny, and his three children, Bennett, Taylor, and Spencer make his day. His favorite moment is sitting at the table with all of them and talking about what is happening in their lives. While he is in school, the responsibilities seem endless. He is responsible for everything that goes on at our school, which can be overwhelming at times. Luckily, he has the pleasure of working with a wonderful staff! The teachers are always helping students get where they need to be, and his Assistant Principals take care of many things quick and efficiently. “The staff is so dedicated to helping our students from the moment they walk through the door until they leave in the afternoon.” Mr. Whittaker believes McMichael is one of a kind, I believe it is because we have him as a principal!
Assistant Principal
Hunter Smothers 
Hunter Smothers
   Hunter Smothers began working at McMichael High School in the fall of 2016 as the Assistant Principal.  Previous to working at McMichael, Mr. Smothers served as the Assistant Principal at Holmes Middle School from 2012-2016.
   Mr. Smothers began his career in education teaching Physical Education and Sports Medicine at Northeast Guilford High School in 2005.  While at Northeast, Mr. Smothers also served as the school Athletic Trainer, was the Head Varsity Men's Soccer Coach, and the Assistant Women's Varsity Soccer Coach.
   Mr. Smothers is excited to be apart of the McMichael Family and is looking forward to the school year. Mr. Smothers is also 2016-2017 Rockingham County's Assistant Principal of the Year.
Assistant Principal
Tonya Jones
Ms. Jones

     Tonya Jones began working at McMichael High School in 2014. Prior to working at DMHS, she worked was an Assistant Principal at Holmes Middle School. Ms. Jones has 14 years of experience in education and worked in Corporate America for VF Imagewear for 10 years before the company closed locally. Ms. Jones received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a minor in Management at Saint Paul’s College. She took her education further to the University of Phoenix, where she received her Masters of Arts Degree in School Administration Leadership. Prior to her administrator position she worked for Guilford County Schools as a teacher at High Point Central High School.

     Ms. Jones loves to travel. She is dedicated to serving in her church Mount Zion Baptist Church of Greensboro, Inc and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Ms. Jones also serves on the Board of Directors at Pittsylvania Community Action. While serving on the board she earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. Ms. Jones is currently a doctoral student at Grand Canyon University working towards her Ed.D in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in  Education. 


Last Modified on April 5, 2017