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New Assistant Superintendent Named

Catawba County Schools Names New Assistant Superintendent

Miller Replaces Finger, Retiring with 32 Years in Education


NEWTON, February 28, 2023 -- Catawba County Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Stover is thrilled to announce the addition of Lee Miller as the new Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. The school board confirmed the position on Monday night at their regular Board of Education meeting. Miller is taking over for DeAnna Finger, who is retiring after almost 32 years in education. Miller will assume the role on May 1, 2023. 

Headshot of Lee Miller

Miller is a familiar face to the CCS family, having served the district as the High School Director and District Athletic Director. He is also a former principal of both Arndt Middle School and Bunker Hill High School. Miller has over 27 years of experience in secondary education, including 15 years as assistant principal, principal, and athletic director.

“I am honored and blessed to have the opportunity to continue working with the outstanding educators in Catawba County Schools,” notes Miller. “Mrs. Finger's shoes will be impossible for one person to fill. She has built a strong C&I department during her seven years in this position. However, I am confident the Curriculum and Instruction team will continue to support teaching, learning, and academic growth to the standard set by Mrs. Finger. Our mission will remain to Engage, Inspire, and Empower all stakeholders in Catawba County Schools.”

Dr. Matt Stover, Superintendent, remarked that Miller brings a wealth of experience to his new role along with professional capabilities that have garnered him the respect of colleagues throughout the district. “Miller is replacing a well-known and highly respected figure in Finger, who left a positive mark on our district during her tenure with Catawba County Schools.”  As Stover noted, "Mr. Miller has worked his way through the ranks of CCS as a teacher, coach, and administrator. He has worked in multiple feeders in our district, and his leadership style is respected across the district. He is determined to support our schools and each classroom to nurture student achievement and is interested in leading academic progress with all students—AIG, EC, EL, readers, mathematicians, and scientists, to name a few. We are excited about Mr. Miller’s vision in his new role!”

Miller has a dedicated family history with Catawba County Schools. Miller’s wife is a third-grade teacher at Lyle Creek, and together, they have two children - one is an assistant construction project manager, and the other is a junior at Appalachian State University. Miller enjoys reading, fly-fishing in the North Carolina mountains, and spending time with family and friends.