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Press Release

July 1, 2019


Ashe County School Board approves and announces new directors at Central Support Services and transfer of administrators in the system on Thursday evening, June 27, 2019.


Ashe County Schools welcomes Mr. Roy Putman as Director of Human Resources.  Mr. Putman grew up in Catawba County, received his undergraduate degree from ASU and graduate degree from Western Carolina University.  He has taught middle and high school, coached, and served as the Assistant Principal of Sparta School.  He journeyed in his career to Wilkes County and served as Miller’s Creek Christian School’s Principal.  Mr. Putman has enjoyed his career in education and is excited about working for Ashe County Schools. 


“It is a dream to be able to work for Ashe County Schools.  I am humbled and excited to be able to serve in the county in which I live.”


                                                                                                Director of Human Resources, Roy Putman


Julie Taylor has been named Director of K-12 Curriculum and Federal Programs.  Mrs. Taylor has been an educator in Ashe County Schools for 25 years, serving as a teacher, academically gifted instructor, curriculum coach, and mentor.  She brings much knowledge and passion for learning and has a heart for students and their educational success.


Earl Pennington has been named CTE/Testing and Accountability Director for Ashe County Schools.  Mr. Pennington has previously worked in administration as a principal and assistant principal.  He has also served as a teacher and a coach for Ashe County.


“I want to welcome Mr. Putman, Mrs. Taylor, and Mr. Pennington to the Central Support Services family.  We are fortunate to employ people with so much experience, knowledge, innovation, and expertise.”

                                                                                                                                Superintendent, Phyllis Yates


Joallen Lowder was named Blue Ridge Elementary School’s Principal.  Mrs. Lowder has been with the system since 1998 as a teacher, assistant principal, CTE/Testing and Accountability Director, and as the liaison with Wilkes Community College.  She is honored to begin a new chapter at BRES.


“Mrs. Lowder began her educational career as an elementary school teacher and is excited about returning to her roots now as an elementary school principal.”


                                                                                                                                Superintendent, Phyllis Yates


The administrative team will have a new member at Ashe County High School for the 2019-2020 school year.  Coach Brian Hampton has been chosen to serve as an assistant principal along with his coaching responsibilities as Head Football Coach.  Brian received his Master of School Administration in March 2019 from Queens University.

“We are excited about Brian joining our Administration team here at ACHS. He is a strong student advocate. He does a fantastic job working with young adults and helping them to come up with a plan for their future.”  

                                                                                                                                Principal, Amanda Hipp


Others reassignments include Mrs. Lindsey Williams to Ashe Middle, Gordon Prince to Blue Ridge and Jason Krider to Mountain View.  All three will continue their roles as assistant principals.