About Mr. Spiece
The 2023-24 school year will be my first year as an administrator after having spent 22 years as a high school social studies teacher and coach. This will be my third school year at Pamlico County High School, having spent my career across three different counties (Cumberland, Onslow and Pamlico) and in the private school sector.
I made the decision to become a teacher when I was in the 6th grade, and I never changed my mind. I grew up in New Bern, NC and graduated from New Bern High School in 1996. While attending New Bern High School I played football and wrestled. Playing college football was a major goal of mine growing up, and although the ACC schools weren't beating down my door, I did get the opportunity to play football at Methodist College (now Methodist University) in Fayetteville, NC. Attending Methodist was one of the best things that ever happened to me. Many of my coaches and professors were passionate about investing into the lives of young people, and I benefited greatly from their efforts.
I wasn't a very good student in high school, and I discovered quickly during my first semester at Methodist that I wasn’t prepared to be a college student. I was way behind, and after a very disappointing freshman year, I knew that I would have to give great effort in order to catch up. I came up with a plan during that summer. I decided that I would start putting in 40-hour work weeks. I woke up early in the morning, followed a productive routine, went to football practice, and finished up with dinner in the evening. The results were almost immediate. It wasn't perfect, and I still had some tough times, but I was on the right track.
That summer, after my freshman year in college, I was just beginning to understand what it takes to become, what I now call, a "Master Student." Over the years my idea on what a Master Student is has developed, and I now try to help students understand what it takes to be the very best student that they can be. Being a Master Student is all about effort and growth. It is about imposing order on your time, setting goals, and following productive routines. It is my sincere desire to see all of our kids at PCHS become Master Students.
I just got married this past summer! My wife, Lori Ann, was also born and raised in New Bern, NC and graduated from New Bern High School in 1996. We first met in the 4th grade! We love where we live, and love traveling the state of North Carolina. We enjoy spending time with family and friends, and we are very active in our church and in our community.
I am passionate about personal financial literacy, and I co-host a podcast with a friend of mine (and veteran social studies teacher) called Financially Independent Teachers. The show focuses on helping teachers (and other middle-income earners) to build wealth. We recently published a book entitled The FIT Position: A Framework for Financial Success. I love teaching young people about personal finances and encouraging them to avoid the many mistakes that I have made over the years.
As I step into my new role as an administrator, I am excited about contributing to the overall health of our school community. We have a great team at PCHS, and everyone has a role to play. From the students, to the parents, to faculty and staff, right down to the stakeholders in our community... we all need to contribute what we can to make our school the very best place that it can be for our kids.
I am looking forward to a great school year!