Catawba County Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Stover announced two new principals for the upcoming school year and the school board confirmed the appointments Monday night (June 22nd).
Both are experienced administrators returning to schools where they had previous connections - St. Stephens High School and Catawba Rosenwald Education Center.
Kyle Stocks will serve as the principal of St. Stephens High School. He is a graduate of NC State University and holds master's degrees in Education from Western Carolina and Gardner-Webb universities. An exceptional children’s teacher and curriculum specialist, he served in that capacity across three counties until he became Assistant Principal at Clyde Campbell Elementary in 2014. “I’m most excited about having the opportunity to serve the St. Stephens community again and be an integral part in providing great academic opportunities for our students,” he said. “My focus will be to provide a safe environment that fosters the various avenues of success our students are navigating.”
Timothy Adams will serve as the principal of Catawba Rosenwald Education Center, after previously serving as its assistant principal from 2013-2015.
A West Point graduate, Adams received his M.A. in School Administration from Appalachian State University and his M.A. in Secondary Education from Ball State University. An educator and coach for many years, he was named Teacher of the Year in 2007-2008 and created a schoolwide Character Education program before moving into administration, where he was responsible for teacher development, among other duties.
“It will be my duty to build and maintain relationships that help students and families in our community grow, to engage students in the love of learning, to inspire them to reach for their dreams, and to empower them with the skills and tools necessary to make those dreams a reality,” he notes.
Adams serves as an Assistant Scout Master, is a board member for Leadership Catawba, volunteers for the Foothills Homeless Veteran Stand Down, is a member and committee chair for the West Point Society of Western North Carolina, and works with HKY4Vets, an organization that helps veterans and families transitioning out of the military into civilian life.
Right now, Catawba County Schools plan to reopen for students on August 17th. Conditioning sessions for 7th-12th grade fall and winter sports teams are set to begin on July 6th with strict health and safety guidelines.
Three reopening plans have been formulated. Governor Cooper's office will announce by July 1st how schools should operate on the first day of school. Districts can opt to use a more restrictive plan but not a looser one.