Howell will now follow a slightly different career path to the Ashe County Schools Central Office where he will serve as the Director of Accountability and Testing. His tenure as principal at ACHS extended back to 2005, when he replaced the retiring Bradley McNeil who was the school’s first principal.
Krider, the current principal at Collettsville School in Caldwell County, returns to Ashe County following an acclaimed teaching and administrative career in the Caldwell County School System. He is the son of Jimmy and Diane Krider and is a 1992 graduate from Beaver Creek High School. In 1996, he completed his Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State University- the same institution where he would later complete his Master’s degree in administration in 1999 as well as an educational specialist degree in administration in 2003.
His tenure in education includes a position as an assistant principal at Freedom High School in Burke County from 1999-2004 where he completed a wide range of administrative and curriculum based duties. He also taught psychology, United States and World History as well as coached football and baseball at Freedom before ascending to an administrative role.
Krider’s accolades and achievements in education include his selection as Caldwell County Principal of the Year in 2008 and presided over Collettsville School during the 2008-09 academic year when the school was named a North Carolina Honor School of Excellence.
School officials began advertising the principal position in February through an informative brochure that was mailed to over 70 counties in North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. The selection process for the school’s next principal was a competitive one, which included the submission of 33 completed applicants that attracted the attention of prospective administrators from as far away as Alaska. It was during this time that the Ashe County High School Leadership Team convened to discuss what characteristics and qualifications the ideal candidate would possess as the next principal. Following the selection of a subgroup that served as the first round interview team, the field of prospective candidates was narrowed down to nine before it was trimmed down to only four names with unanimous votes for Krider cast in both rounds.
Ashe County Schools Superintendent Dr. Travis Reeves was joined by members of the Ashe County Board of Education, the high school’s faculty, and Howell in introducing Krider who was accompanied by the support of his parents. During the brief introduction ceremony, Reeves commented on how Krider’s experience in a leadership role will be instrumental in the continued academic success of ACHS.
“I am excited about the energy and enthusiasm that Krider will bring to ACHS,” Reeves said. “He has a solid educational background and the leadership experience as a principal to continue to lead the high school in a positive direction. His high school experience as a teacher and assistant principal were important factors in our hiring process.”
Krider expressed his excitement in returning to his hometown to serve the same school system that helped give wings to his academic success and working with a group of individuals that played such an influential role in his educational career.
“I’m so excited to be here. Ashe County is home,” Krider said. “I couldn’t be more proud to be here and I will try to make ACHS the best school in the state.”
In his closing remarks Tuesday morning, Krider addressed the school’s teachers and assured them they he would work with them every step of the way in making ACHS a continued success for secondary education.
“I will try to support you every step of the way and my door is always open,” said Krider.