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Catawba County Schools Announces Two More Additions to Directors Team

NEWTON, March 25,  2021 -- Catawba County Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Stover announced the addition of two new directors: Mr. Lee Miller as the new Director of High Schools and Athletics, and Dr. Jennifer Griffin, the new Director of Middle School and Fine Arts.  The school board confirmed these positions on Monday night for a start date of June 1.

“We are excited for both of these dynamic new directors joining our department," explains Deanna Finger, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction. "Supporting our middle schools and high schools with these exceptional leaders is a great thing for Catawba County Schools!" 

Lee MillerMr. Lee Miller is the new Director of High Schools and Athletics, replacing Doug Rhoney who retired last month as Director of Secondary Education, and Scottie Houston who is retiring at the end of May, as Director of Athletics, Facilities, and Safety. 

Miller is the current principal of Bunker Hill High School and has over 26 years of experience in secondary education, including 15 years as assistant principal, principal, and athletic director. “I am excited to work with the excellent leaders at our district office. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the administrators and athletic directors within our district,” Miller said.

“We are thrilled to gain Mr. Lee Miller's outstanding leadership at our central office. He has excelled as a principal and now will be able to help lead other high school administrators and athletic directors to meet mandates, improve instructional strategies, and create meaningful staff, parent, and student relationships,” notes Finger.  “He is a perfect match for this leadership opportunity.”

Miller’s wife is a third-grade teacher at Lyle Creek and together they have two children - one in college at Western Carolina University and another a senior at Bunker Hill High School. Miller enjoys reading, fly-fishing in the North Carolina mountains, and working on projects around the house.

Jennifer Griffin

Dr. Jennifer Griffin is taking on the newly created role of Director of Middle Schools & Fine Arts, beginning June 1.

Griffin joins CCS from Hickory City Schools where she is the current principal of Grandview Middle School.  She has had a long career as a principal and assistant principal, as well as experience in various leadership roles in the areas of  K-12 curriculum, beginning teachers, and the arts. “Her experiences perfectly align to what will be needed in this position,” said Finger.  “We are confident that she will have an immediate impact as she leads our middle school principals and works with our fine arts teachers in the district.”

“I look forward to supporting the schools that specifically serve the young adolescent.  Young adolescents have so much to contribute, and how we support them is important,” notes Griffin. “I also look forward to providing support to the fine arts that have such an important role in the education process and supporting student engagement.”

Griffin enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her dogs and her two sons. Her older son is a high school senior and plans to attend Wingate University in the fall and her younger son will begin high school next school year.