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Catawba County Schools Announces Two Dynamic Additions to Directors Team

NEWTON, November 27, 2023 -- Catawba County Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Stover announced the appointment of two new directors—Director of Elementary Education and Director of Transportation. The school board confirmed these positions at Monday night’s regular Board of Education meeting.  

 “We are excited that these two very talented professionals will be sharing their passion and experience with us,” explains Dr. Stover. “It's wonderful to be able to promote our own team members to new leadership positions within our district.” 

headshot of Mitzi Story

Catawba County Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of Mitzi Story as the new Director of Elementary Education. Mrs. Story, an esteemed educator with a deep-rooted history in Catawba County, succeeds Shelly Black, who will be pursuing a new opportunity in a neighboring district.

With a comprehensive background in educational leadership, Mrs. Story has notably served as the principal of C.H. Tuttle Elementary School since 2016. Her academic credentials include a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and a Master’s in School Administration, both from Appalachian State University, where she also distinguished herself as a member of the Mountaineers basketball team.

Mrs. Story's career in education began as a teacher at Claremont Elementary School. She subsequently ascended through various administrative roles, including Assistant Principal at both Claremont and Mill Creek Middle School, and Principal of Webb A. Murray Elementary in 2013.

Reflecting on her appointment, Mrs. Story expressed enthusiasm for her new role, stating, "I have been blessed to live and work in Catawba County School my entire career. I’ve had the opportunity to build lasting relationships with the families within this community and cherish my experiences at every level.” Story goes on to say, “I am excited to further my career as the Elementary Director for Catawba County Schools.  I look forward to being a part of the district leadership team and serving in this capacity.” 


headshot of Keith Hammons

Catawba County Schools proudly announces the promotion of Keith Hammons to the position of Director of Transportation. Mr. Hammons, a dedicated member of the CCS team for over 25 years, brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of commitment to the department.

Beginning his journey as an M-1 mechanic, Mr. Hammons quickly advanced to an M-2 mechanic within a year, showcasing his skill and dedication. His roles have varied across the department, including serving as a shop mechanic and a route mechanic, before his promotion to Transportation Supervisor in 2016.

Outside of his professional life, Mr. Hammons is a man who appreciates the simpler joys in life, including activities such as beach visits and fishing. He is a family man, sharing his life with his girlfriend Allison, his son and daughter, and three grandchildren.

In his new role, Mr. Hammons notes, “ I am excited about keeping up the tradition of safety and reliability that defines Catawba County Schools' transportation services.” His experience and personal values position him uniquely to lead the department toward continued excellence.