My name is J. R. Sigmon and this is my third year as principal at Catawba Elementary. I am so excited to be apart of the Catawba Elementary family. I am a native of Catawba County. I was born and raised in the Vale community, where I attended Banoak Elementary, Blackburn Middle, and graduated from Fred T. Foard High School. I received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master’s degree is school administration from Appalachian State University. I began my teaching career at Banoak Elementary, where I taught 5th & 6th grades for 8 years. I then had the opportunity to become the assistant principal at Maiden Elementary in 2007, where I remained until accepting the principalship here at Catawba Elementary.
My wife, Olivia, and I live in the Newton area, with our dog, Jazzy. We love to travel, our favorite place to visit is always the beach. I also enjoy watching Tarheel basketball and Panthers football. I am very proud to be a part of the Catawba community and look forward to continuing the tradition of success.
I graduated from Lees McRae College in 2008 with a BA in Elementary Education. I have spent 8 years teaching in the classroom at both the elementary and middle school levels. While teaching, I was also the boys’ basketball coach and assistant football coach at East Burke Middle School. In the fall of 2016, I had the opportunity to go back to school to receive my Masters in School Administration from Appalachian State University. In 2017, I was the Assistant Principal at both Baton Elementary and Lower Creek Elementary in Caldwell County. While working with the great administrators at these schools, it gave me tools to embark on my own quest. It is with great excitement that I come to Catawba County!
I look forward to being part of the Catawba community, and becoming a Catawba Elementary Rocket. Outside of teaching, I spend most of my time with my wife Betsy (outside of accepting Jesus as my personal Savior, marrying her was the best decision I have made) and our three girls. They motivate me to be the best husband and dad that I can be. I enjoy sports and any free time left, I like to relax by lifting weights...it’s a great stress relief :). My door is always open and would love for you to stop by and say hello!