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School system announces administrative changes

The Henderson County school system announced administrative changes for the 2022-23 school year that the School Board approved in August and September.

Dr. Marsha Justice has been named director of elementary education, filling the office vacated by Dr. Shannon Marlowe who is now the assistant superintendent of instructional services. Justice joined Henderson County Public Schools in 1997 as a biology teacher at East Henderson High, after earning her Bachelor of Science from Western Carolina University. In 2003, Justice continued her education career in Catawba County Schools, where she again taught biology for five years at Saint Stephens High. She returned to HCPS in 2008 when she was named Assistant Principal at Apple Valley Middle, where she served for 10 years. In 2018, Justice was named Principal at Edneyville Elementary and has served in that role ever since. During her time at Edneyville Elementary, Dr. Justice was named 2021-2022 Principal of the Year for Henderson County Public Schools, as well as 2022 Western Region Principal of the Year. Justice holds a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Appalachian State University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Gardner-Webb University.

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve as principal of Edneyville Elementary for the last five years. As the Director of Elementary Education and Title One,  I am excited about a new opportunity to grow and impact students, instructional specialists, and principals across the county. It is my goal to serve and make a difference in the lives of others. I look forward to this journey," Justice said. 


“Moving Dr. Justice into the Director of Elementary Education role is a home run for Henderson County public schools," Superintendent Mark R. Garrett said in a news release. "Over the course of her career, she has added great value as a teacher and school administrator, and now we are excited to have her make an even bigger impact by serving at the district level.”

The principalship at Edneyville Elementary will be filled by Mr. Andrew VunCannon, who moves from North Henderson High School, where he has served as Assistant Principal since 2017. Prior to becoming an administrator with HCPS, VunCannon began his teaching career as a social studies teacher at Apple Valley Middle School in 2005, upon graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with his Bachelor of Arts in History. After his first year of teaching, VunCannon transferred to Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Schools in 2006 and taught social studies for 10 years at East Mecklenburg High. VunCannon was the Dean of Students for one year at East Mecklenburg High before he returned to HCPS in 2017 as Assistant Principal at North Henderson. VunCannon holds a Master of School Administration Degree from Western Carolina University.