THE PROFESSIONAL VERSION
Abbey Futrell is the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for Edgecombe County Public Schools in Tarboro, North Carolina. Prior to joining the Edgecombe family, she served as a Digital Innovation Coach with the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative at North Carolina State University’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. Her work with the Friday Institute encompassed a commitment to coaching teachers, redefining professional development experiences, and serving as one of the lead facilitators for the North Carolina Digital Leaders Coaching Network. She frequently presents and keynotes at national education conferences and has moderated Future Ready Summits sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.
Abbey’s collective 16+ years in education include service at the local, district, regional and state level, as well as experience as a public school middle grades Language Arts teacher, public school secondary English Literature teacher, district Instructional Technology Facilitator, 6-12 Instructional Coach and Professional Development Consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
THE PERSONAL VERSION
Abbey is happily married to a fellow educator and former principal, James. James now serves as the Director of Student Services for Durham Public Schools in Durham, North Carolina. Most importantly, she is the proud mother of an amazing elementary PE teacher, her wonderful son Michael and a future occupational therapist, her incredible daughter J'ali.
In her spare time (whatever that is) she enjoys searching for new ways to help teachers help students. She loves lemonade (specifically Chick-fil-A and Simply Lemonade), reading everything, cooking beautiful meals and anything involving New Edition. If you haven't guessed, her favorite colors are pink and green, which also happen to be her sorority colors.