Principal Helena Thomas

Phone: (919) 918-2200 ext. 25001


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A.Ed. Middle Grades Education, UNC-Chapel Hill M.Ed. Higher Education Administration, NC State PMC School Administration, UNC-Greensboro Ed.D. Educational Leadership, University of Georgia

Dr. Helena Thomas

Greetings, Carrboro High School Community!  I am elated and honored to serve as principal of Carrboro High, a community school committed to serving its students, families and creating a learning environment where students thrive academically and socially.

I am a North Carolina native, born and raised in New Bern, North Carolina. My passion for education started when I was young, as I knew I wanted to be a teacher from an early age. I was in the Teacher Cadet program in high school and a NC Teaching Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I earned a bachelor's degree in Middle Grades Education. I also earned a master's degree in Higher Education Administration from NC State University and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia.

This school year will be my eighth year in school leadership and my fifteenth year in education. My school leadership journey started in the Atlanta metropolitan area, where I was a high school assistant principal for five years with Atlanta and Gwinnett County Public Schools. Before coming to Carrboro High, I was a high school principal in the Alamance-Burlington School System for two years. However, I spent my entire teaching career in North Carolina, teaching eighth-grade mathematics with Asheboro City and Guilford County Schools. 

I believe that all students deserve access to rigorous, relevant, and engaging learning experiences designed to meet their unique needs, preparing them to live choice-filled lives. This happens when a school and families work together toward a shared vision that puts students first. I look forward to partnering with Carrboro's parents, community members, and staff to continue Carrboro High's success.

When not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, playing tennis, and planning my next travel adventure.

Associate Principal Diego Mureño

Phone: (919) 918-2200 ext. 25003


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. Elementary Education, Lenoir-Rhyne University M.S. Online Teaching & Instructional Design, Lenoir-Rhyne University M.Ed. Educational Leadership, High Point University

Mr. Diego Mureño

¡Saludos a todos!

Es un privilegio y un honor para mí servir a la comunidad de Carrboro High School como subdirector. Como AsP, una de mis principales responsabilidades es la supervisión del Programa para Newcomers.

Soy hijo de dos inmigrantes mexicanos. Mis padres, quienes se jubilaron recientemente, viven en Veracruz, mientras que el resto de mi familia reside en las montañas de Carolina del Norte. Después de la secundaria, fui a la Universidad Lenoir-Rhyne como becario de North Carolina Teaching Fellows. Me gradué con un título en Educación Primaria con especialización en español. Después de la universidad, comencé a trabajar para las escuelas de la ciudad de Newton-Conover. Mis títulos anteriores incluyen maestro de literatura y lenguaje/estudios sociales de sexto grado, pasante administrativo y maestro de lenguaje dual en primaria. Mientras enseñaba, obtuve dos maestrías: Enseñanza en línea y diseño instruccional (Universidad Lenoir-Rhyne) y Liderazgo educativo (Universidad High Point). Actualmente estoy cursando un Doctorado en Educación con título de Liderazgo Educativo en la UNC-Greensboro.

Cuando no estoy en Carrboro o con la nariz metida en un libro, me pueden encontrar caminando por Franklin Street, buscando mi próximo restaurante favorito, en Chapel Hill Crossfit, o tal vez tomando una siesta. ¡Espero con ansias el próximo año escolar! ¡Vamos, Jaguars!

¡Saludos a todos!

It is my privilege and honor to serve the Carrboro High School community as the Associate Principal. As AsP, one of my main responsibilities is the oversight of the Newcomer Program. 

I am the son of two Mexican immigrants. My parents, who recently retired, live in Veracruz, while the rest of my family reside in the mountains of Western North Carolina. After high school, I went to Lenoir-Rhyne University (Go Bears!) as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. I graduated with a B.A. in Elementary Education with a Spanish minor. After college, I began working for Newton-Conover City Schools. My previous titles include 6th grade ELA/Social Studies teacher, Administrative Intern, and an Elementary Dual Language teacher. While teaching I obtained two master’s degrees- Online Teaching & Instructional Design (Lenoir-Rhyne University) and Educational Leadership (High Point University). I am currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree at UNC-Greensboro (Go Spartans!). 

When not at Carrboro or with my nose in a book, one can find me walking down Franklin Street, searching for my next favorite restaurant, at Chapel Hill Crossfit, or perhaps taking a nap. I look forward to the school year ahead! Go Jags!

Assistant Principal Marlene Bennett

Phone: (919) 918-2200 ext. 25002


Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Elementary Education, UNC-Greensboro M.Ed. Teacher Education, UNC-Greensboro PMC School Administration, UNC-Greensboro

Ms. Marlene Bennett

Greetings Jaguar Community!

It is with gratitude and enthusiasm that I serve as the Assistant Principal at Carrboro High School! What an honor to be a Jaguar!

I am a native of Brooklyn, New York but have called North Carolina my home for several years. I attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where I obtained both my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education (K-6) and Masters degree in Teacher Education with a focus in Literacy Coaching. I also obtained a Post Masters Certificate in School Administration from UNCG. Go Spartans! I am also a licensed Reading Specialist (K-12). Needless to say, reading is my passion and I enjoy helping others find the same joy in reading. In my free time, I enjoy vacationing with my family, bowling, shopping, and relaxing. 

This year marks my tenth year in education. My dedication and commitment to education have afforded me the opportunity to serve as an Elementary and Middle School teacher, a high school Instructional Coach, and currently a high school administrator. In these roles, I have led several initiatives that have supported student achievement, staff development, and community engagement. 

I am ecstatic about joining a team where consistency, collaboration, and connections are the focus and student achievement is a priority.