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New Leadership Team Looks Forward to New School Year

Principal Stephanie Burris (left) and Assistant Principal Sarah Starr.

As every child knows, each new school year brings exciting changes and new faces. This year will be no exception at Hemby Bridge, including our new leadership team, Principal Stephanie Burris and Assistant Principal Sarah Starr.

Already familiar to the families at Hemby Bridge, Mrs. Burris took on the role of principal in July. Mrs. Burris has worked in education for 18 years, including such varied positions as pre-K teacher, literacy facilitator, third grade summer school teacher, administrative intern, and our very own assistant principal. She has also taught classes for the Education Department at UNC Charlotte and Stanly Community College. Mrs. Burris considers herself a life-long learner and earned her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and graduate certificate at UNC Charlotte.

Mrs. Burris grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia and Mount Pleasant, North Carolina. She currently resides in Oakboro, North Carolina with her husband. She loves almost any outdoor activity including gardening, kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking. About her new role and the new school year, Mrs. Burris said “I look forward to continuing to serve the students, families and staff of Hemby Bridge Elementary in my new role as principal.” 

Mrs. Starr comes to us from her position as assistant principal at Piedmont High School. After graduating from UNC Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, she began her career in Gaston County Schools as a kindergarten teacher. She taught in Union County Public Schools at Marvin Elementary and Rea View Elementary for a total of 6 years, teaching second and fourth grades. Mrs. Starr was then selected as a North Carolina Principal Fellow and completed her Masters of School Administration at UNC Charlotte.

Mrs. Starr and her husband, who is a health and PE teacher and coach in Union County, live in Waxhaw with their children, Henry and Ellie. When not working with the Hemby Bridge community, Mrs. Starr enjoys spending time with her family, running, and playing outside. Mrs. Starr said, “I am very excited to be a part of the Hemby Bridge community! I look forward to a successful, fun school year!”

Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Burris on her new position and giving a warm Hemby Bridge welcome to Mrs. Starr!

Written by: Betsy Ziskind - AIG Teacher
Posted: Aug 20, 2015 by Betsy Ziskind

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