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School system names new principals

The Henderson County school system has appointed new principals at Flat Rock and Apple Valley middle schools.

Melanie Adams was named Flat Rock Middle’s new principal, succeeding former principal Jeff Roper, who retired in January, and Bill Reedy, who served as interim principal for the remainder of the school year. Peggy Marshall has been selected for the principal position at Apple Valley Middle made vacant by Adams’ move to Flat Rock Middle. The new principal placements are effective July 1.

After teaching for nine years in Davie County, Adams began her Henderson County Public Schools teaching career in 2005 at Flat Rock Middle, where she continued teaching Exceptional Children and physical education. In 2009, she was named Assistant Principal at Flat Rock Middle, where she remained through 2013, when Adams became Assistant Principal at East Henderson High. In 2014, Adams was named principal at Apple Valley Middle, where she’s served for the past three years.

“I’m looking forward to a new challenge, and going back to the school where I started in Henderson County,” Adams said.

Marshall began teaching second grade at Dana Elementary in 1992, after a short time teaching in Polk County. Marshall spent 16 years at Dana Elementary as a second grade, first grade, and kindergarten teacher, as well as instructional coach. Marshall then served as Lead Teacher at Hillandale Elementary for three years, before being named Assistant Principal at Rugby Middle in 2011. She has served as Sugarloaf Elementary’s principal since 2013, was named the district’s 2015-16 Principal of the Year, and subsequently the Regional Wells Fargo Principal of the Year.

“I am excited to continue serving my students and my community,” Marshall said. “Together as a staff at Apple Valley, we will support the leadership and literacy lessons instilled in the elementary schools, and continue growing the school to reach its greatest potential.”

Marshall holds a Masters in Educational Administration from Scranton University and an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University, and is National Board Certified.

Adams holds a Masters in School Administration from Western Carolina University, undergraduate degrees in Special Education and Physical Education from Winston Salem State, and Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University, and is National Board Certified.

Henderson County Public Schools will immediately begin taking applications and interviewing for the open principal position at Sugarloaf Elementary.