ASHE COUNTY —Ashe County Schools recently announced three new changes to their administrative staff for the upcoming 2015-16 school year.
Sandra Peterson will join the Ashe County Schools Central Office as the Director of K-12 Curriculum/Federal Programs. She comes to the Central Office from her position as Assistant Principal at Mountain View Elementary School. Peterson has a Master’s in School Administration and is a National Board Certified Teacher. She taught for 24 years prior to becoming an administrator.
Lindsey Williams has been selected as the new Assistant Principal at Mountain View Elementary School. She is a former math teacher and varsity volleyball coach at Ashe County High School. Williams graduated from Appalachian State University as a Teaching Fellows with her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Mathematics. She also completed her Masters in Educational Administration through the University of Scranton. Williams has taught at Ashe County High School for seven years.
Gordon Prince, former science and social studies teacher at Ashe County Middle School, will join the administrative team at Ashe County High School as an assistant principal. Prince began teaching at Ashe County Middle School in 2008 after graduating from Appalachian State University. He has been involved with the Science Olympiad Team since 2008 and was recognized as Ashe County Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2014-15.
On May 11, Superintendent Dr. Todd Holden also announced that Ashe County Middle School Principal Earl Pennington would transfer to Westwood Elementary School as the Assistant Principal. Pennington wanted to gain elementary school experience so that he would have administrative experience in kindergarten through high school. Pennington is an Ashe County native and has had 22 years of education experience prior to transferring to Westwood Elementary School.
As a result of that decision, Dustin Farmer became Principal at Ashe County Middle School on July 1. In 2003, Farmer earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and taught Health and Physical Education and Career Skills at Ashe County Middle School for nine years. Farmer also earned his Masters degree in School Administration from Appalachian State University in 2010 and was previously Assistant Principal of Westwood Elementary School.
“We look forward to a great year,” Holden said. “I believe we have strong school and central office administrators who put the best interest of our students first.”
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