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Administrator Bio

Ms. Kay Zimarino
Ext. 102


I have been in the educational field since joining as a lateral entry teacher in 1989.  I began my career in Lenoir County Public Schools as an elementary art teacher for 6 years and high school for 3 years before moving to Croatan High School when it first opened in 1998.  While at Croatan, I taught art for 7 years and moved into an administrative role in 2005.  This is my 5th year as principal at Croatan High School.    


I received both my undergraduate and master’s degrees from East Carolina University. I also earned my National Board Certification while teaching art at Croatan High School.  


My husband and I have two sons, both graduated from Croatan High School.  My oldest graduated from ECU with a degree in Coastal and Environmental Geology. My youngest son graduated from Barton College where he earned two degrees: Business and Sports Management. He played for the Barton golf team throughout his time there.  


I love the Croatan culture of academic excellence and student involvement. We have an outstanding staff and amazing students and it is my privilege to serve as principal.

Mr. Chris Davis
Ext. 115

My education career began as a student at East Carolina University, where I met my wife. We married in 2013 in New Bern and in the following year I graduated from ECU with a dual degree in History and History Education.


After graduation, my wife and I moved to Edenton, North Carolina to teach Social Studies at John A. Holmes High School. While teaching in Edenton, I was honored with the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award for North Carolina for participating in the National History Day competition and represented our great state as a national nominee. In 2016, we moved to Morehead City to be near family in Carteret County and began teaching at Croatan High School. I taught Social Studies for three more years while completing my masters degree and in July of 2019, I became an assistant principal at Croatan. 

In May of 2020, I graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a Masters of School Administration, the same month we welcomed our first child, Chandler, into the world. We truly enjoy the physical beauty of Carteret County almost as much as the welcoming community of people who call this place home

Ms. Kim Krohn 
Ext. 104


I began my career in education in 1990 as a high school math teacher at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Virginia.  In 1998 I moved to Carteret County where I worked as a high school counselor at Croatan High School for seventeen years. In 2015 I became the assistant principal at Broad Creek Middle School where I worked for three years.  In 2018 I became one of the assistant principals at West Carteret High School and most recently returned this school year to Croatan to serve as assistant principal.


I attended Virginia Tech, Lynchburg College and East Carolina University.  I  earned a B.S. in Mathematics, a Masters in School Counseling as well as a Masters in School Leadership. I earned National Board Certification in 2007 and Re-Certification in 2017.  


I have been married for 20 years to Jeff and have a daughter, Emily, who is a senior at Croatan this year.  She plans to pursue a degree in nursing after high school.  I am happy to be “back home” at Croatan again!




On behalf of our staff, welcome to Croatan High School. We are sincerely honored to play a small, but significant role in your education. It is education that unlocks doors, and we stand ready to help you turn the keys in these locks.

Our school has been acknowledged by the state as a leader, a trendsetter in education. The accolades have been many and frequent; however, we have never lost sight of our mission -- to prepare students to be productive citizens. This is an awe-inspiring challenge, but one we proudly and honorably accept.


Croatn High School is not a place, but an experience. This year, it's important to continue to make your experience the best it can be in spite of COVID-19.  Get involved in the various opportunities and activities that our school offers to maximize your time here. These activities make the high school memories that stay with you forever. Get to know your teachers, coaches, and support staff. We are all here to help you navigate this time in your life.


During your time at Croatan, the standards for academic excellence will be high and without compromise. Your teachers will not accept mediocrity, as this will deter the mission of productive citizenry. Your teachers are driven to provide you with the best possible lessons utilizing the most up-to-date methodology and enhancing instruction with technology. Their challenge to you is simply come to class face-to-face or online, prepared to learn and prepared for any challenge.


Dig in those Cougar Claws and get ready for another journey of learning, laughing, and living. Enjoy every minute and make every second count.