Molly Williams CFNN Reporter

Mrs. Turlington and Ms. Raymes outside the administrative office

When one chapter ends, a new one begins. This new chapter at Cape Fear welcomes our new Assistant Principal, Angela Turlington. Mrs. Turlington is ready to begin her new journey at Cape Fear and has some positive things to say about our school and her new job. 

Mrs. Turlington is a newlywed. She got married just two weeks ago to her former fiancé, Jonathan. She has two twin boys, Sam and Luke, who are 5, and two daughters, Layla and Zoe Jane. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, playing the piano and spending time with her family. 

“I love to go places. We go camping a lot, tent camping. We’ve been to the majority of the state parks in North Carolina. We love the mountains and the beach,” said Turlington. 

The Turlington family came from Harnett County and has already found a place here in Cumberland County. 

“We just moved into Godwin, North Carolina. We live out in Mill Ridge,” said Turlington.

Mrs. Turlington has had her fair share of education to get to where she is today.

“I have a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education and in addition to that I have praxis so I can teach K-6, anything 6-9 math, social studies and language arts. My master’s degree is in school and administration,” Turlington said. 

“I started my bachelor’s at UNC Greensboro, but I got a little homesick so I came back home and finished my bachelors and masters at Fayetteville State,” she mentioned. 

Turlington shared her experiences working in the school system over the years before coming to Cape Fear.

“I’m coming from Harnett County school system. I began teaching in Johnston County at McGee’s Crossroads Middle School and then transferred to Harnett County at Coats Erwin Middle School,” Turlington said. 

“After that, I got the North Carolina Principal Fellows Scholarship and was placed in my internship at Benhaven Elementary. I got my first job at Western Harnett Middle School and was an Assistant Principal out there for 4 years, and most recently at North Harnett Primary.”

The Assistant Principal position has many duties and responsibilities to cover in her job description. 

“I work with buses, and that’s a full time job in itself. I also have 10th grade discipline, and I work with various departments. I work with the math department, EC department, and Mr. Fields said he was going to give me textbooks. So, it’s a little bit of everything,” Turlington said. 

There are many things at Cape Fear to be excited about, such as our close-knit community and strong athletic program. Turlington is thrilled to move into this school’s environment. 

“I’m most excited to be learning more about the high school level and relationships with kids on a different level,” Turlington said. 

Mrs. Turlington in a selfie, repping Cape Fear’s blue and gold colors

Some administrators can be more tough on students than others. With the arrival of a new administrator, curiosity has piqued among many students who are eager to learn more about Mrs. Turlington, her personality, and the relationships that will be built. 

“I would say I’m a case by case. There are rules and expectations for everybody to follow, but as far as students, I like to deal with them as individuals, not just because this is your third offense and this is what you have to have,” Turlington said.  

“For some students, different things are obtainable while some are not. Discipline wise, I look at everything on an individual basis. I feel like I am firm and I try to be consistent with everybody. I feel like the rules are there for a reason, but I wouldn’t say I’m a “militant” leader by any means. I’d rather have a relationship with kids and work with them to lead them toward good behavior.”

Mrs. Turlington is hopefully here for the long haul, so if you see her around the school or community, give her a warm Cape Fear welcome to let her know she’s now a Colt through and through!