Superintendent - Mrs. Keisha White

Hello! My name is Keisha White and I am honored to serve as Superintendent at Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy. I received my Master’s Degree in School Administration from North Carolina State University. Prior to earning my Master’s Degree, I graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. I was born and raised in New York City where I attended elementary, middle, and high school. Growing up, I was fortunate to have teachers who believed in me, which is why I decided to pursue a career in education.

As an educator, I served as an Interventionist, Third Grade Teacher, Principal Resident, and Digital Learning Specialist. Within those roles, I held many positions such as Beginning Teacher Mentor, School Improvement Team Member and Leader, Read to Achieve Representative, Grade Level Chair, Digital Learning Coach, School and District Professional Development Facilitator and Presenter just to name a few. 

As we begin another school year, we face new opportunities and challenges in advancing our common mission by providing an academically rich program which encompasses all skill sets for life: reading, communication, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, work ethic, integrity, physical wellness, and leadership. 

I am reminded of the quote by Dr. James Comer, “ No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship .” I will actively collaborate with my students, families, staff, and the community of PRBLA to ensure our students are academically and socially prepared for the prosperous future that awaits them. I believe personal and academic success will be evident through positive relationships, high expectations, cooperative learning experiences, and having a growth mindset. As Superintendent, my goal is to grow personally and professionally by continuing to be a lifelong learner and servant leader.

I look forward to a wonderful school year with you! 


Commandant of Cadets - Carl Treveris Lloyd

Carl Treveris Lloyd has served as the Academy’s Commandant since 2013.  He was a part of the leadership team that established the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy.  As Commandant of Cadets he is responsible for the health, welfare, morale and discipline of 148 cadets in grades 6th to 12th.  Before coming to The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy, he worked in the profession of private military school education from 1992 to 2013.   

He served nine years in the North Carolina National Guard as an enlisted man.   He is a graduate of the US Army Primary Leadership Development Course, the TOW Gunners Course, the National Guard Basic Recruiters Course and the Dragon Gunners Course.  His awards include the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, and the North Carolina Service Ribbon.  In 1989 he was named scout of the year for Troop E 196th Cavalry.  He holds a commission of Captain in the United States Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol and Ensign in the United States Navy Sea Cadet Corps.  In 2004 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the North Carolina State Defense Militia by Governor Mike Easley.

His private education career started as a TAC Officer at Oak Ridge Military Academy in Oak Ridge, North Carolina.  He would later go on to become Senior TAC, Assistant Commandant, and Deputy Commandant.  In 1997 he was promoted to Commandant of Cadets.   He was the first African American in the schools 145-year history to hold the title of Commandant of Cadets.   In 1997 he was named the Director of Leadership Studies at Millersburg Military Academy (Millersburg, Kentucky).  In 1998 he was named Commandant of Cadets at MMA becoming the first African American to hold the title in the schools 105-year history.  While at Millersburg he started the Academy’s first summer school program.  In 2002 he was named the Middle School Commandant at St Johns Military School in Salina, Kansas.  At S.J.M.S. he started their first academic and military summer program.   In 2003 he returned to O.R.M.A as the Commandant of Cadets.  From 2009 to 2013 he served as deputy Commandant of Cadets for ST Johns Northwestern Military Academy (Delafield, Wisconsin).

He holds a B.S. from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Public Relations Communications.  While at A & T he served as commander of the Army ROTC & Air Force ROTC Drill Teams.  He pledged the National Society of Pershing Rifles.  As a Pershing Rifleman he served as its drill team commander and chapter president.  As drill team commander he revitalized the drill team which went on to win the college national runner up title.   He was also voted Pershing Rifleman of the year by his peers.

He has coached high school football and middle school football at each one of his schools.  At each one of his schools he has started or revitalized the school’s drill teams.   His teams have been successful in winning countless awards and competitions.   In 1996 his O.R.M.A Drill Team won the National High School Drill Team Championships.   In 2004 his O.R.M.A. drill team was first runner up of the US Army JROTC Eastern Region Championships.  His S.J.N.M.A. team won the challenge division at the US Army Western Region in 2010.  In 2011 they finished first runner-up in the Challenge division at the National High School Drill Team Championships and won the American Legion Coca Cola National Drill Team Championships.   In 2012 his team would win their second American Legion Coca Cola National Championship.   In 2011 his drill team was selected to perform for the Veterans Day opening montage of ESPN’s Monday Night Football.  He is the advisor of the Academy’s National Society of Blackjacks Chapter.  He serves as the advisor of the John L. Foye Rifles the Academy’s drill team.  In seven years, they have competed on the national level winning numerous drill competitions and two Pershing Rifles NATCON titles.  

He is the son of Juanita Andrews Wilson, Herman Wilson and Carl E. Lloyd.   He attended East Arcadia School from kindergarten thru ninth grade.  He is a 1986 graduate of East Bladen high school.  While at East Bladen High School he was a member of the tennis team, the football team, JROTC and the Drill Team.

He has been married for twenty-four years to Theresa Blanks of Kelly, NC.   They have three children Trever 22, Tyler 20 and Brittany 19. 


Brenda Bowen

History/Social Studies Department Chair

Bachelor of Arts History

Fayetteville State University

Social Studies 6

Social Studies 7

Social Studies 8

World History



Sandra Baker

Spanish Teacher

East Carolina University

Spanish I

Spanish II 



Sandra Cann, RN, MSN


Academy Nurse

Bachelor of Science Nursing

Master of Science Nursing Education

Kaplan University


Jerry Clyde


Math Teacher

Shaw University

Business Administration and Math Education


Amoy Cooper


English Department Chair

Creative Writing

English I

English III




Jacinda Corbett


Financial Human Resources Officer

Bachelor of Science Psychology

Fayetteville State University

Cheerleading Coach


Alexis Cox

School Counselor

University of North Carolina at Pembroke 

Tre Edgerton


Director of Forensics

Howard University 

Katie Guy

EC Teacher

Bachelor of Science in Special Education

Villanova University 



Annese Haire


BS Social Studies

Barber-Scotia College 

Wake Forest University

World History

Economics of Personal Finance

American History 

Civics & Economics

National Honor Society Advisor



Pandora Lee


Administrative Assistant



Theresa Blanks-Lloyd


Director of Academic Affairs

BA Professional English

North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University



Sharon McDowell


Health & Physical Education Chair

University of North Carolina Wilmington

BA Health Education

Physical Education 6

Physical Education 7

Physical Education 8

Health & PE 9



Tavonda McElveen


Science Teacher

Bachelor of Science 

North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University 



Sylvester Pittman


Mathematics Chair

Bachelor of Arts Secondary Math Education 

Winston Salem State University

Foundations of NC Math I

NC Math I

NC Math II


Advanced Functions and Modeling

Athletic Director



Claude Russell 


Math Teacher

North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

University of North Carolina Pembroke

Math 7

Math 8

Foundations of NC Math I

Introduction to Mathematics



Tamara Smith


Testing Coordinator

Bachelor of Science Business Administration

Fayetteville State University 

Khalia Stewart


English Teacher 



Glendon L. Turner


Chief Petty Officer United States Navy (Retired)

United States Navy Sea Cadet Corps Instructor

Bachelor of Science Human Resource Management

Associates of Science Early Childhood Education 

Columbia Southern University

Fayetteville Technical Community College

P.E. 7

Sea Cadets I

Sea Cadets II

Contact Us

About PBLA

PBLA Physical Location
1360 Martin Luther King Drive
Elizabethtown, NC 28337
United States

Main Phone: (910) 862-2965
Alt. Phone: (910) 862-2994
Fax line: (910) 862-3054

The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is a tuition-free charter school. The mission of this charter school is to serve it’s students through a commitment to excellence in an education that serves today, tomorrow, and the future by providing an academically rich program that encompasses all skill sets for life: reading, communication, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, work ethic, integrity, physical wellness, and leadership.

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