It is with great joy to serve the students, community and staff as Principal of East Burke High School. Our school is known for its high standards and academic excellence. It is a privilege for me to serve at such a great school.
First of all I would like to say how proud I am to be a lifelong member of this community. Serving in the same community where I grew up is an experience that is difficult to describe. I graduated from East Burke High School in 1989 and I knew from the beginning I wanted to work with students and families from this community.
After graduating from East Burke High School I attended Western Piedmont Community College for two years. While attending WPCC, I earned my A.A and A.S degrees. After two years at WPCC, I transferred to Appalachian State University and began working on my Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education. In December of 1993, I graduated from Appalachian State with a Bachelor’s of Science in Middle Grades Education with a concentration in Math and Science.
My career in teaching began at Liberty Middle School in August 1994. During my time at Liberty I taught 6th and 8th graders math, science, and social studies. I also helped coach boys and girls basketball, softball, and soccer. In addition to teaching and coaching, I drove a bus full time for about 3 of those years and I worked summers for an elementary daycare.
I left Liberty Middle School in June of 1999 to pursue my Master’s in School Administration. I was accepted into the North Carolina Principal Fellows Program and began attending Appalachian State University in the fall of 1999. During my time in the program I served a yearlong internship. The first half was at East Burke Middle and the second half at W.A. Young Elementary. I graduated in May of 2001 from ASU with my Master’s in School Administration.
After graduating I returned to East Burke Middle School as the asst. principal. After 4 years I was given the opportunity to become the principal at Ray Childers Elementary. I gladly served there for five years before being moved to Drexel Elementary in 2010. In 2012, I was asked if I would consider moving to East Burke Middle School as principal and I proudly served there until the summer of 2016. When I was asked if I would consider coming to East Burke High School in May of 2016, the answer was easy. YES!!
Jim Childers graduated from Hibriten High School in 1981. He attended Catawba College receiving his bachelor's degrees in Special Education and Physical Education. He attended Gardner Webb University receiving his Master's Degree in Administration. He taught for 11 years as a Special Education Instructor. Jim has been in Administration for the past 16 years at East Burke. Previously, he has coached football at Hibriten and Catawba College and spent the last 16 years coaching football at East Burke.
Lisa Fortenberry graduated
from East Burke High in 1993. She attended the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in
Secondary Math Education in 1997. She received her Master’s Degree from
Appalachian in School Administration in 2007 and is currently working on
her Doctorate Degree from Wingate University in Educational Leadership.
She taught High School Math for ten years, and has served in
administration for the last eight years.