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NKHS Administrators

Our Principal and Assistant Principals


Denise Mancieri, Ed.D.





Dr. Mancieri began her career in education in 1992 and since then has fulfilled various key roles as an administrator and educator in both private and public learning institutions.  Prior to her current position, she served as chair for the Business - Careers department at North Kingstown High School, Dr. Mancieri taught business and computing technology courses in public schools at the middle and secondary levels in and around the North Kingstown area.  She began her career in education at Johnson & Wales University where she held both teacher and leader roles as an adjunct faculty member for professional development and as the Director of Hospitality Career Services.  At North Kingstown High School, Dr. Mancieri took on a number of key roles, most notably in support of initiatives focused on standards based curriculum development, teaching practices that meet and exceed learning expectations, and respect for student diversity.  Dr. Mancieri is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the International Society for Technology Education.  She earned her Doctorate in Leadership Elementary/Secondary Education in 2008 at Johnson & Wales University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from the same university in 1995, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island in 1989.  

Dr. Mancieri resides in North Kingstown with her husband and two children.



Barbara Morse, Ed.D.

Assistant Principal, Curriculum and Instruction 



Dr. Morse began teaching at North Kingstown High School in 1997, and had been the mathematics department chair since 2004 before her selection as Assistant Principal, Student Services, effective July 1st, 2014.  Previous to teaching, she was a developer of computer information systems for a bank in New Hampshire, worked for a tax preparation firm, and was the Executive Director for Laymen in North Kingstown Schools/Business Education Partnerships. Dr. Morse brings her "real-world" experiences into the classroom to prepare students for post-secondary life challenges.

In addition to her college degree in business, Dr. Morse earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from the University of Rhode Island, a Master of Science degree from Providence College in Teaching Secondary Mathematics, and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Johnson and Wales University.  Her doctoral dissertation focused on Virtual Learning where she is an advocate of developing non-traditional learning pathways for students. 

In 2006, Dr. Morse had the honor of being chosen Rhode Island Teacher of the Year; however, her greatest professional honor is the opportunity to work every day with the wonderful students at North Kingstown High School. 

Dr. Morse and her husband are residents of North Kingstown and have two grown children who both graduated from NK.




  Donna Sweet

  Assistant Principal , Student Services



A graduate of Cranston East High School, Class of 1990, Ms. Sweet earned her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education/English from the University of Rhode Island in 1996, and in 2002 earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from Rhode Island College.  Ms. Sweet joined North Kingstown High School's Guidance Department in 2005 after nine years of teaching English and counseling at Westerly High School.  She served as the department's chairperson from 2010 until 2014 and fulfilled the role of SAT coordinator for over 10 years.    In addition, she was an advisor for the graduating classes of 2008 and 2015. 

Ms. Sweet was the recipient of the Rhode Island Blood Center Vision Award in 2012 for her role as co-sponsor of the High School Heroes program at NKHS, a role she will continue.  In June of 2015 she graduated from the Principal Residency Network and is pleased to continue her service to the North Kingstown and Jamestown communities as the Assistant Principal for Student Services.  

In her free time, Ms. Sweet enjoys crossfitting, boating, and spending time with her husband Dave and her two children, Sarah and Jason.