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Our School

Southside Academy is a new private, Christian school located at Peacemakers in South Rocky Mount, NC. We serve low-income families and scholars in grades K-2 in Rocky Mount and surrounding areas. We plan to add an additional grade level each year until 8th grade to continue allowing God to grow and expand us!

Breona Walker 
Head of School

Breona Walker joined Southside Academy in May 2023, following  Breona served as the  Dean of Culture and a Triple P Coordinator which demonstrates her versatility as an advocate for all stakeholders. In her deanship role, she flourished and set a standard of care and excellence for her school community. Under her leadership, she taught and set the tone for scholars, families, and teachers to feel safe, included, and valued.


Her educational career began in Mecklenburg County in 2014 where she taught grades K-5 with over 7 years of teaching experience. She received her undergraduate degree from  North Carolina Central University with a Bachelor of Science in Family Consumer Sciences and a Concentration in Child Development and Family Relations.  Mrs. Walker is currently completing her Master's degree in Organizational Leadership at Chowan University. 


Mrs. Walker views a collaborative school environment as the key to creating successful teachers and students. She believes partnerships with parents and community partners are essential to enriching the experience at  Southside Academy. Breona Walker’s hallmarks of success transcend the contemporary setting and embrace the public sphere where she works responsibly to build rapport with faculty, families, and scholars. 


During her free time, Mrs. Walker enjoys writing and spending time with her family. She continues to make memories with her family as she teaches them their values of God, love, fun, perseverance, and commitment. Breona is working hard to mold, grow and nurture her family as she finds balance in continuing her pursuit of serving and excelling in education. 

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For most of the scholars we serve, educational access is hindered by economic disadvantage. Resources that support holistic development, such as rich vocabulary input, professionally-competitive skill development, mental health services, and opportunities and training for parental involvement are not readily available nor adequately tailored for scholars who come from under-resourced households.

At Southside Academy, we exist to foster hope in God by providing children with a remarkable, God-centered education that both challenges them and makes learning fun!


"BE Values"

In order to offer the highest quality of education for our scholars, it is crucial that we hold our staff, families and scholars to high expectations. These include, but are not limited to, the following "BE VALUES":

  • BE respectful of the learning environment.

  • BE open to new ideas and perspectives.

  • BE mindful of your role in your classroom, school, home and community.

  • BE present physically, mentally and spiritually each day.

  • BE a servant leader.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty & Staff


Jesse Lewis

Executive Director 

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Breona Walker

Head of School 


Jessica Levy

Dean of Student Services 


Rita Barrett

Administrative Assistant


Donna Clifton 

Office Manager


Dianna Pittman

Enrichment Teacher


Justice Holloway

Kindergarten Teacher


Renee Holloman

Kindergarten Teacher


Robin Cash

First Grade Teacher


Ashley Lunnon

First Grade Teacher 


Joyce Hinnant

Janitorial Manager


Willie Robinson

Maintenance Manager

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Shelia Kelly

Second Grade Teacher 

Join our team

Join Our Team!

Southside Academy provides a wonderful environment not only for children but also for the staff and faculty who make Southside Academy what it is!


Christ-centered Education
Small Class Sizes (12 or less)
Competitive Pay
Family-friendly hours
Supportive Environment

If you:

  • Have a strong faith and relationship with Jesus Christ.

  • A passion for learning and the gift of teaching.

  • A love and calling to serve students.

Send your application and resume to the Head of School, Breona Walker here.

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