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Teacher Workday on February 10th, no school for students.

Celebrating Black History Month

Join us in welcoming Willa Brigham to Elkin City.


Zora Neale Hurston Award Winner

Exchange Place Teller @ National Storytelling Festival

North Carolina Greater Federation of Women - Woman of Achievement

Indiana University Alumni Community Service Award

2020 Cary Magazine – Women of Western Wake


Willa is the TWO-TIME, Emmy Award Winning Host of the Television Show, Smart Start Kids, an Inspirational Speaker, Storyteller, Writer and Performing Artist.  She is a native of Tuskegee, Alabama, a graduate of Alabama State University and Indiana University. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Health and Physical Education. 


Willa has entertained and delighted audiences across the US and to standing ovations on cruise lines in the Caribbean. This busy artist has 6 delightful CD’s to her credit. They include Willa Will, Something GoodStinky Johnson and Other TalesHappy Health Habits, What You See and Midnight Quilter.   Willa is also the author of Golden Years – a collection of stories and poems dedicated to senior citizens and The Pizza Tree – a colorful and imaginative story about sharing - (


Awards, Community Service and Professional Affiliations:

  • Sounds of the Mountains Story Slam 1st Place Winner
  • Toastmaster Humorous Speech Contest Winner
  • Entertainer of the Year - Carolina Health and Humor Association
  • Born Toastmasters
  • Life Time Member of National Association of Black Storytellers
  • North Carolina Storytelling Guild
  • North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers
  • African American Quilt Circle
  • Kids Together Playground Board of Directors
  • Past Board of Directors Friends of Page Walker
  • Past Board of Directors North Carolina Pediatric Foundation
  • Past Board of Directors White Plains Children’s Center
  • Past President Marklund Children’s Home Clown Club
  • Past Chair of Lincolnville AME Church Christian Education Department


Willa has a passion for entertaining and bringing laughter to audiences of all ages.