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CCS Appoints Director of Middle Schools/K-12 Arts and PE

NEWTON, July 24, 2023 -- Catawba County Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Stover announced the appointment of Dr. Brad Arrowood to the role of Director of Middle Schools/K-12 Arts and PE. Dr. Arrowood replaces Dr. Jennifer Griffin, who was recently named Superintendent of Hickory Public Schools. The school board confirmed the position at Monday evening’s Board of Education meeting. 

Dr. Brad Arrowood Headshot

Dr. Arrowood assumes this position with 23 years of educational experience, most recently serving as Catawba County Schools’ LEA Testing Coordinator for the past ten years. Dr. Arrowood holds a BA in Middle Grades Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, an MA in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University, an Ed.S. from Appalachian State, and received his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Wingate University. 

Dr. Arrowood brings a wealth of experience to the position as well. He taught middle school English Language Arts at Arndt Middle School and held several administrative positions in Burke County Public Schools prior to his return to Catawba County in 2013. f

Of his new role, Dr. Arrowood notes, “ I'm excited to support and serve our middle schools, fine arts, and physical education programs. I look forward to working with everyone in these areas and with the curriculum, instruction, teaching, and learning aspects associated with these programs. My desire is to make a positive impact each day within the district.”

Arrowood resides in Morganton with wife Christy and children Bytant and Holden. In his free time, he is involved in church activities, including serving as the accompanist/pianist, and enjoys spending time outdoors with family.