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New Principal for Valle Crucis PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 17:21

Martha Clark, currently assistant principal at Watauga High School, has been named principal of Valle Crucis Elementary School effective July 1. 
“I am truly honored to be named the principal of Valle Crucis School!” said Clark.

“Valle Crucis has a long and rich tradition of academic excellence as well as strong community support, and I am very excited to work with the staff, students and community to continue these strong traditions.”
Watauga County Schools Superintendent Dr. Marty Hemric announced Clark’s appointment and introduced her to the Valle Crucis faculty and staff on Tuesday at the school.  “I am confident that Martha Clark will give Valle Crucis the strong leadership it needs to continue building on its excellent record of student growth and achievement,” said Hemric.  “We welcome her to this new role and are excited about the skills, knowledge, and commitment we know she will bring to bear on behalf of Valle Crucis students, teachers, and parents.  Her balance of professionalism, effective communication, high expectations, and compassion for people will serve the school and community of Valle Crucis very well.”
Clark came to the Watauga County Schools last August from her previous position as principal of Lake Forest East Elementary School in Frederica, Delaware.  She served as principal there for five years and has a total of seven years experience as a school principal.  Earlier in her career, Clark served in North Carolina school systems for four years as an assistant principal and five years as a teacher. 
Clark has a master’s degree in educational administration from East Carolina University and a master’s degree in elementary education from UNC-Charlotte.  She completed her bachelor’s degree at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.
Clark will succeed current principal Dr. Wayne Eberle, II, who has been appointed executive director of learning development for the Watauga County Schools.  Eberle will finish out the current school year as principal at Valle Crucis before beginning his new role in the central office on July 1.
Valle Crucis Elementary has a current enrollment of 386 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.  It is rated a NC School of Distinction for 2009-10, the second highest category available on the state’s school accountability system for measuring students’ academic proficiency and progress in learning.


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