Ashe County Schools announce new administrators
by Adam Orr
With the 2012-13 school year quickly approaching, Ashe County Schools on Tuesday announced its newest assistant principals and the system’s new director of exceptional children and pre-k.
Former Westwood ElementaryAssistant Principal Terry Richardson has been named Ashe County Schools director of exceptional children and pre-k, according to a press release issued by Ashe County Schools Human Resources Director Lesia Nave. Richardson replaces the recently retired Teresa Stansberry, the program’s former director.
From 1996 until 2010, Richardson served Ashe County Schools as a pre-k and exceptional children’s teacher, until becoming the assistant principal at Westwood in 2010.
“Along with her strong leadership skills, Mrs. Richardson brings district level experience in the exceptional children’s division from Sullivan County Schools in Tennessee,” read the release. “Mrs. Richardson believes that all schools should be a child-centered environment that will allow children to be prepared for the 21st century and teachers, parents and stakeholders a very important role in the success of all students.”
Dustin Farmer has been named Westwood Elementary’s new assistant principal, which became effective on July 1.
Farmer began his career in 2003 at Ashe County Middle School, and earned his Master of School Administration degree from Applachian State University in 2010, according to the release.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as assistant principal at Westwood Elementary School,” said Farmer. “Westwood has great leadership, has been highly successful academically and has a strong faculty who want what is best for children. I am excited to work collaboratively with Mrs. Robinson and her staff to ensure that Westwood continues to move in the right direction. I am eager to see students of all ages engaged in the learning process and continue to see their growth from year to year.”
The team that interviewed Farmer for the Westwood position said Farmer has a nurturing personality and will be a positive role model for elementary students, according to the release: “Westwood believes that Mr. Farmer will be a perfect fit for their school’s culture.”
Ashe County High School has announced Amanda Hipp as the school’s new assistant principal, effective July 1.
Hipp has been employed by Ashe County Schools since 2001 as an exceptional children’s teacher, and completed her Master of School Administration Degree from Appalachian State University in 2007.
“I am excited about my new position as assistant principal at Ashe County High School,” said Hipp. “I welcome the opportunity to work with and be of service to the students, staff, and parents. I am looking forward to a great year!”
Hipp brings experience and knowledge of day to day school operations, and has performed many duties that related to transportation, discipline, scheduling, and student success while at Blue Ridge Elementary, according to the release.
Ashe County High School Principal Jason Krider said, “Amanda will be a great addition to our team at ACHS. She is dedicated to helping students be successful in all aspects of the educational process. She will be a seamless fit with our dedicated staff. We welcome Amanda to the Ashe County High School administrative team.”
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