This is my second year as a part of the North Carolina Cyber Academy community! Prior to NCCA, I have been a teacher and administrator for 20 years in North Carolina public schools. I am committed to positively changing the lives of children and opening the entire world to them through education. My focus is on continuous growth and improvement. Schools I have led have consistently met and exceeded state growth expectations.
Currently, I live in Hillsborough with my awesome wife and two amazing sons. I came to North Carolina to attend UNC on a swimming scholarship; I fell in love with my student teaching assignment and have remained in the Triangle area. I’ve earned both my Elementary Education and Masters of School Administration degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill.
I am passionate about supporting teachers as they innovate and evolve instructional practices and school structures for student success. I also enjoy solving problems and figuring out how to do things differently.
An enthusiastic educational leader with a passionate commitment for student development and positive school climate, Clarissa Fleming became the principal of NC Cyber Academy Middle School in July of 2019.
Prior to accepting this position she reigned as the determined and persistent Principal of Hope Charter Leadership Academy, which earned a national distinction, the prestigious Lighthouse School Certification from the Franklin Covey Corporation. Hope Charter was one of the first charter schools in the state of North Carolina to achieve this status. She has also successfully served as a high school assistant principal in the Wake County Public School System. Inclusive of her administration career, she has served as an elementary and middle school classroom teacher in both the charter and public school systems.
Mrs. Fleming holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Elizabeth City State University, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master of School Administration and Leadership, both from North Carolina State University.
Originally from Dinwiddie, Virginia, she comes from a proud family of educators as both her father and mother have over 37 years of service as retired educators. Clarissa has one beautiful daughter, Brooke, and an amazing husband, Rhoderick who is also in educational administration at Wake Technical Community College and DeVry University.
Mrs. Fleming strongly believes that highly successful schools strive to set and exceed exceptional expectations for all stakeholders. Everyone has a responsibility to ensure that they are doing their part to assist in achieving desired goals. When all stakeholders are synergizing to work toward a common purpose, the chance for success increases dramatically.
Dr. Vecchione is a 24-year career educator and North Carolina Principal Fellow with 21 years in administration at the elementary, middle, high school, district, and state office levels. He has spent 13 of those years as a building principal leading schools, the last 10 as a high school principal. During his years leading schools, "Dr.V" has been an elementary, middle, and high school principal with backgrounds in traditional, magnet, alternative, and extended-year school formats. From 2010 to 2014 he was serving dual roles as a district School Improvement Grant (SIG) Coordinator and a Federal Turnaround Principal. In his role as a Federal Turnaround Principal the school saw substantial improvement - which was nationally recognized. He joined the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in 2014 to lead School Improvement efforts for SIG, Focus and Priority Schools. He continued state service in the role of the Assistant Director and then Interim Director of the Federal Program Monitoring & Support Division within NCDPI in Raleigh until 2020. In this role he provided direct support and fiscal oversight of approximately $800,000,000 in federal funds provided to districts and schools each year.
After eighteen (18) years in leadership roles with schools and districts, and then six (6) years of service at the State level, he turned his full attention to North Carolina Cyber Academy in March 2020 in the role of High School Principal with a targeted focus on continual school improvement. His educational passions have been “School Turnaround”: increasing Advanced Placement enrollment & offerings, reducing suspensions and the drop-out rate, increasing proficiency scores and the graduation rate, and perhaps most importantly…shifting the governing climate of schools from “rules” to “relationships”. He now devotes 100% of his time and effort towards his mission at the NCCA-High School...where his goal for our school is to be "Second to None".