It is with great pleasure that I take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new principal of Cowan Road Middle School. My name is Derrick Dalton and I wear many hats as a husband, father, grandfather, educator, coach and sports fanatic! I grew up near Mayberry (yes-Andy Griffin) in a small North Carolina town called Walnut Cove. This is where my preparation to become a life-changing educator began as I was surrounded by caring teachers who pushed me to excellence regardless of my obstacles! As an educator, I am simply replicating the care, respect and high standards that were established for me in Walnut Cove at a very volatile age.