Selma native earns doctorate degree with honors

Published 7:33 am Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Selma native Dr. Tina Marie Johnson Mitchell received a doctoral degree in education leadership at Fayetteville State University on Dec. 15.

Mitchell now has three degrees from Fayetteville University: Bachelor of Science in education and a master’s degree in school administration.

“I am humbled and will always uphold the Fayetteville State University motto: “Deeds Not Words,” Mitchell said.

Email newsletter signup

Mitchell, who graduated  with summa cum lade honors, has strong roots in Dallas County. She graduated from Keith High School in 2002. She also attended McRae Learning Center,  Hazen-Harrell Junior High School, Salem Elementary School, Keith Middle School, Tipton Middle School and Selma High School. She is the daughter of Larry C. Johnson and Angela Harris.

“We love our daughter dearly and we’re extremely proud of her and all of her many accomplishments,” Mitchell’s parents said in a statement. “We will continue to support her in all of her future endeavors as she makes her mark on the community.”

Mitchell, who currently serves on the faculty at Gray’s Creek Middle School in Fayetteville, North Carolina., 

After graduating from Keith, Mitchell served six years in the U.S. Army, serving as a dental assistant, specializing as an oral maxillofacial and surgery assistant.

Mitchell and her husband, Emerson Mitchell, have two sons, Elijah and Jadon. Mitchell said they are her biggest supporters.