About GMS » Administration


Melvin Diggs
Director, Governor Morehead School

Melvin Diggs has a vast knowledge of teaching and administrative experience with students with disabilities, including visual and hearing impairments. His past experiences include Exceptional (EC) Children’s Teacher, Behavior Coach, Literacy Consultant, EC Programs Specialist, Assistant Principal, Senior Administrator for EC Policy, Statewide Policy Consultant with NCDPI, EC & AIG Executive Director. Mr. Diggs received a Bachelor of Arts from Elon University, Master of Education (Special Education) from North Carolina Central University, and School Administration Certification from UNC-Greensboro.


Mr. Matthew Mescall
GMS Principal

Matthew Mescall comes from the Maryland School for the Blind where he served as a teacher, Athletic Director, Coordinator of Outreach Programs and Special Projects. He brings a knowledge of residential schools for he blind as well as outreach to public schools in the community through IEP's, professional development, camps, and summer programs. 


Dr. Sarah McManus
Digital Learning Director for the Education Services for the Deaf and Blind, NCDPI

Dr. Sarah McManus provides leadership to the Governor Morehead School as well as the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf and North Carolina School for the Deaf in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional development, and technology to support learning in the digital age. Her past positions have been Director of Instructional Content, Director of Learning Systems, Section Chief of Testing Policy and Operations, and Testing Consultant at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She has taught at North Carolina State University, Wake Technical Community College, and in Wake and Guilford county high schools. Dr. McManus is a three time graduate of North Carolina State University where she earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in Mathematics Education with a Concentration in Statistics, Masters of Science in Mathematics Education with a Concentration in Mathematics, and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a Concentration in Computer Science


Stephanie Ray
Human Resource Manager

Stephanie Ray is the HR Manager at the Governor Morehead School. She has over 20 years of HR experience spanning from the private sector, nonprofit, local, and state government as well as executive level administrative experience. Stephanie is responsible for setting the human resources direction and leadership for the Governor Morehead school and is the point of contact for staff and management related to human resources. She joined the State of North Carolina as an Office Assistant, HR liaison, Retirement Counselor, HR Technician and HR Manager
serving in these state positions for 12 years. Prior to joining the State of North Carolina, she was employed with the private sector, nonprofit, and local government for 13 years as an office manager and HR generalist. Stephanie was born in Wilson, NC. She’s a proud mother of one child (daughter) and resides in Raleigh.


Ms. Kelly Davis 

Interim Student Life Director



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