About Rebrand NC Education
We are Dr. Mary Hemphill & Yasmeen Robbins, with a passion and purpose to shift the conversation around public education. We aspire to create a platform that provides up-to-date educational news, instructional strategies, leadership tips, and current trends by highlighting and telling the story from the perspective of change agents. We strive to create truly innovative conversations around public education, shattering the status quo around what is thought to be possible by school leaders. We will shift the current perspective and tell the story of public education that so desperately beckons for a rewrite in society today.
It is time to define innovative. Through this platform, our team will not only define innovation in the public education arena, but show our audience what that innovation looks like in schools, in the classroom, in the community, & in the boardroom. We know there is work to be done in order to begin rebranding & rebuilding the image that we strive to convey for our most important clients - our students, however we are excited that we have chosen the opportunity to pull a chair up to the table in order to begin this critical dialogue!
Dr. Mary Hemphill
“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.”
Dr. Mary Hemphill is the Co-Founder of Rebrand NC Education and has spent over 13 years in public education. She is a native of Hickory, NC, & after having graduated from Hickory High School, she went on to attend Meredith College as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow & graduated with a Bachelors in Spanish & Elementary Education. Following her tenure at Meredith, she began the Masters of School Administration program at Western Carolina University & successfully earned her MSA in December 2010. After having served as an assistant principal at the high school level & principal in an elementary school, in 2011, Dr. Hemphill was accepted into the PhD program through the School of Education at NC A&T State University. She completed the PhD program in 2014. In July 2015, Dr. Hemphill became principal at I. Ellis Johnson Elementary School in Scotland County & along with her amazing students, faculty, & staff IEJ moved from an F school to a C school in just two years! In August 2016, Dr. Hemphill was named Principal of the Year of Scotland County & Regional Principal of the Year for the Sandhills Region for the 2016-17 school year. In August 2017, Dr. Hemphill transitioned to the role of principal at Carver Middle School & STEM Academy. Dr. Hemphill was appointed in February 2019 as the state’s first director of Computer Science & Technology Education an endeavor she began in April 2019.
“As educators we have to wake up each day, put both feet on the floor, set our minds to what we are going to do and know that the work we do matters.”
Yasmeen Robbins is the Co-Founder of Rebrand NC Education and has spent 12 years in public education. She received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from North Carolina State University. Yasmeen spent 8 years as a classroom teacher in the Cumberland County school district, where she was involved in the Governor's Teachers Network, and conducted action research for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She later pursued further studies in education at Methodist University, where she received a Masters in Education with a focus in Literacy. Subsequently, she transitioned into a K-5 Instructional coach. As an Instructional coach for the past four years, Yasmeen has been working to build, support, and maintain teacher capacity. She successfully completed her Masters in School Administration at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke as a North Carolina Sandhills Leadership Program participant, & was recently named Assistant Principal at Terry Sanford High School in Cumberland County.
Yasmeen has taken part in a number of educational committees. She spent 2 years as a Learn-Fellow and Educational Resident for Learn Platform. She also has served on Cumberland County schools’ English and Language Arts Advisory team, several other district task force, and professional development teams. Yasmeen has a passion for education and strives to do what is best for all students.