• Hello!

    Name: Amber Buxton     
    Email Address: buxtonal@gatescountyschools.net   
    Phone number: 252-465-4091


     Mrs. Buxton
    Welcome to the T.S. Cooper Elementary Website!
    We hope that this site can be used as another line of communication between the school and community.

    Hello, Gates County!

    I am privileged and honored to be serving as the new principal of T.S. Cooper Elementary this year. After spending several years as an assistant principal at Gates County High School, I am very happy to continue working in this wonderful, welcoming community, helping Gates County's children to become the best they can be.

    I grew up in Norfolk, VA and earned my bachelor's degree at Old Dominion University, with a double major in Child Psychology and Criminal Justice. I was a Wildcat for thirteen years at Weare Middle School in New Hampshire and earned my master's degree in Education from New England College. I then returned to the South to teach a year of 8th-grade History at Central Middle School before I went to Gates County High School to serve the community as assistant principal. Over fifteen years of work in education has left me with a passion for helping students to succeed and excel, both in school and in the world beyond.

    I know that every student is capable of achieving great things--but they don't need to do it on their own. By working together as a community--teachers, administration, and parents--we can help our children grow and blossom. I look forward to working with all of you this year at T.S. Cooper!