Hardin Park School has a new principal.

The Watauga County Board of Education voted unanimously June 10th to appoint Phil Norman Principal at Hardin Park.

Norman served as Principal of Green Valley School for the past five years and was chosen after a four round interview process with an interview committee of 30 people and a one-on-one interview with Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott.

Norman started his tenure with Watauga County Schools in 2005 as an assistant principal At Hardin Park.

“I am truly honored and excited by the opportunity to serve and lead the Hardin Park community,” Norman said. “I have a strong connection to the school. I worked as an administrator under Mrs. Smalling's leadership and both my children attended Hardin Park. I am looking forward to how Hardin Park students, staff and I can grow together to make an already great school even better.”

Norman earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a Master’s Degree in School Administration from NC State. He spent eight years as an aviator in the United States Navy. Norman worked in various teaching roles in San Diego City Schools and Wake County Schools before coming to Watauga in 2005 to serve as an Assistant Principal at Hardin Park School. Norman has served as the Principal of Green Valley School since 2014.

Hardin Park's new principal Phil Norman is pictured with Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott, his wife Candace and daughter Carolina.