Support Staff

Tammy Darnell

Data Manager

Extension: 6113

Email: [email protected]

 I am a native of Cleveland County.  I have worked in the banking industry, as a real estate agent, and held several positions with Cleveland County Schools. I love working at CCS. The people I have worked with in the school system are the best and the students make coming to work everyday meaningful and joyful. I enjoy RV camping, reading, going to the mountains, and most of all spending time with my family.  After graduating from Shelby High School the first class I took was data processing.  If I had stayed on that path I could have been doing this job a long time ago.  However, I have enjoyed the journey getting here and wouldn’t change a thing.

Grant Haynes

Instructional Technology Facilitator

Extension: 6152


Growing up, I’ve always had a passion for computers and technology.  As I was going through high school I never thought that this would be the profession I would one day be in.  This has helped enforce the notion with me that we are training students for jobs that don’t even exist yet. I received both Bachelors in Mathematics and Master’s in Educational Media from Appalachian State University.  I have been here at Cleveland Early College since 2016. 

When not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends outside of work going on random adventures.  I've been married since 2011 to my wonderful wife, Anna, and have a beautiful boy Mac who was born in 2019.  I also enjoy coaching at our CrossFit gym here in Shelby working with different people from around the county.

Juls Hux

School Counselor

Extension: 6130


 I have 25+ years of experience as a Counselor with 5 years in Agency/Community Mental health before transitioning to a School Counselor with CCS. I started coming to North Carolina from Ohio during my summers in high school in the 1980's, working as a lifeguard and whitewater raft guide in the Nantahala Gorge. The Great Smoky Mountains, WCU and my husband captured my heart giving me some great reasons to make North Carolina my home. I graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Criminal Justice. I completed my Master of Arts in Agency Counseling with an add-on School Counseling certification from Gardner-Webb University. My hobbies include reading, hiking, baking, and family fun activities.

Amy Johnson

Exceptional Children

Extension: 6111


I was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and graduated from the University of Central Florida. I have my Master's and Bachelor’s degrees in Exceptional Student Education. I have been working in the field of education for over 18 years. I have taught students in grades K-12, students with mild to severe disabilities, and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. I love teaching and find it a very rewarding experience. It can be challenging at times, but my philosophy has always been that all students can learn; we as educators just need to find the best way to teach them. On a personal note, I have been married for 17 years and have an eight-year-old little girl and a newfypoo named Biscuit. I have lived in several different states; due to my husband's career, but most recently moved to Kings Mountain and am enjoying exploring the Carolinas.

Laura Mitchell


Extension: 6105


My family and I moved to Cleveland County in 2000. I grew up in Hendersonville, NC, and graduated from Hendersonville High School. I had the awesome experience of attending Greensboro College at the age of 16. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Legal Administration. I met my husband while working at Camp Tekoa. We have been married for 30 years. We have 2 girls who both graduated from Appalachian State University. Outside of work I enjoy reading, knitting, walking, and camping.

Pamela Woods



I am married to my husband of 16 years, Lamar Woods. We have a beautifully blended family with 9 children combined. I am from Cleveland County and have worked for CCS for several years. I love the family atmosphere that we have here are CECHS!

I am a licensed Cosmetologist and my hobbies are reading, traveling and spending time with my family, especially my 15 grandchildren!