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5/4/2021 10:29:00 PM
School Board Names New Principals

Lincoln County Schools
Press Release


The Lincoln County Board of Education held a special meeting Tuesday evening (May 4th) at which they named four new principal assignments.

The School Board approved Superintendent Dr. Aaron Allen's recommendations naming Scott Carpenter at the new principal of Lincolnton High School, Marie Ashford as principal of Catawba Springs Elementary, Kristen Reynolds as the new principal at Pumpkin Center Primary, and Chelsea Seagle as the new principal at Iron Station Elementary.

Scott Carpenter has served as principal at S. Ray Lowder for the last five years.  He graduated from Appalachian State University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Middle School Education; received his Master’s Degree in School Administration in 1998 from Gardner-Webb University; and has served as an administrator in Lincoln County Schools for 23 years.

Prior to his time at S. Ray Lowder, Carpenter led Battleground Elementary school for two years, and was the principal of Lincolnton Middle School for 13 years. In addition, Carpenter served as an assistant principal at Pumpkin Center Middle School and East Lincoln Middle School before becoming a principal.

Dr.  Allen said, “Mr. Carpenter brings solid leadership, experience, and professional drive to Lincolnton High School. His proven leadership at the schools he has led will be beneficial as he serves as the leader of Lincolnton High School. Scott loves this community and will work hard to move this school forward.”

Carpenter succeeds Preston Clarke at LHS.  Clarke  will become the new principal at Bunker Hill High School in Catawba County.  Mr. Carpenter will assume his new role on July 1, 2021.

Marie Ashford will become the new principal at Catawba Springs Elementary. She has served as the principal at Pumpkin Center Intermediate School for the last eight years. Prior to that, she served as assistant principal at Iron Station for two years and Rock Springs Elementary for five years.

Mrs. Ashford graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She received her Master of Arts Degree in School Administration from GardnerWebb University. She has been an administrator in Lincoln County Schools since 2007.

Superintendent Allen said, “Mrs. Ashford has developed into a dynamic leader and will serve the Catawba Springs community well. She has roots at Catawba Springs Elementary and was the overall selection from our parent, staff, and leadership groups that conducted the interviews. She will bring a steady hand and will work to build on the success of the school.”

At Catawba Springs, Ashford replaces Kristi Smith, who will be retiring this June. She  will also assume her new role July 1st.

At Pumpkin Center Primary, Kristen Reynolds will become the new principal, replacing Anita Robinson, who will be retiring this June.

Mrs. Reynolds graduated from Appalachian State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education; received her Master of Arts in Reading Education Degree in 2011 from Appalachian State University, followed by a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership also from Appalachian State University in 2018; and served as the assistant principal at GE Massey Elementary for the last four years. Prior to becoming an administrator, Reynolds was a second grade teacher at Pumpkin Center Primary School from 2008-2018, and a kindergarten teacher at Pilot Elementary in Thomasville for the 2007-2008 school year.

Dr. Aaron Allen said Reynolds, who will also assume her new position July 1st, "has a love for early learners and knows primary education. She has proven herself in the classroom and in her role as an AP/Title one teacher. She is well known in the Pumpkin Center community and will be an asset to grow the capacity of the staff and students."

Chelsea Seagle will become the new principal at Iron Station Elementary School effective June 14th. Dr. Aaron Allen said, “Chelsea is an outstanding educator and has a strong instructional mindset. She was the overwhelming choice for this position based on her poise, knowledge, ideas, and attention to details."

Seagle graduated from Appalachian State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education; received her Masters of School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2019; and has served as the assistant principal at S. Ray Lowder Elementary for the past four years. Prior to becoming an administrator, Seagle taught third grade, then first grade at Love Memorial Elementary from 2014-2018. She also taught one year at North Lincoln Middle School and one year at Mountain Crest Elementary School in Morganton.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Article comment by: Sally Dellinger

I am thrilled to see Mr Carpenter come to Lincolnton High. I admired him so much as principal at Lincolnton Middle School. He is a great leader and works so well with the students. Congrats



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