Avery County High School has a new assistant principal this school year.

Avery Journal reports Kimberley Coleman is a native of Lenoir and has spent 19 years as a teacher, and earned a Ph.D and certification in administration last year.

Coleman fell in love with the culture of the area, and knew this is where she wanted to live.

Coleman also said that the schools and Avery County have been the most welcoming place she has ever been.