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Apple Valley, Hendersonville middle schools get new principals

Two assistant prinicipals have been promoted to principal at two schools, administrators announced after the Henderson County School Board approved the promotions on Tuesday.


Joni Allison has been named the new principal at Hendersonville Middle School, filling the office vacated by Luke Manuel when he transitioned to his new role as principal at West Henderson High. Allison spent the last year at Hendersonville Middle as full-time assistant principal, after spending three years as assistant principal at West Henderson. Prior to her administrative roles, Allison served for three years as an instructional coach, mentoring and supporting beginning teachers through professional development. Allison joined the school district in 2006 as an English as a second language teacher, after teaching ESL for three years in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Katelyn Davis has been named the new principal of Apple Valley Middle, where she’s served the last two years as assistant principal, following the retirement of former principal Peggy Marshall. Davis began her teaching career in 2007 in South Carolina, and also served as a graduation coach in the Anderson School District 5 through 2014. She joined the Henderson County school system in 2014 as assistant principal at North Henderson High where she served through 2017, before briefly transitioning to an assistant principal job in Fayetteville, Georgia. Davis returned to the Knights – this time at the middle school level – in 2018 as assistant principal at Apple Valley Middle, where she’s served since.