Principal-Brian Hefner

 Mr. Hefner

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Degrees and Certifications:

*Appalachian State University-BS in Elementary Education *Appalachian State University-Masters in School Administration *Appalachian State University-Ed. S in Educational Leadership

Mr. Hefner

Mr. Hefner is a graduate of St. Stephens High School.  After graduating high school he attended Appalachian State University and majored in Elementary Education.  Following his time at ASU he completed his student teaching at Sweet Water Elementary and did a brief interim teaching second grade at Murray Elementary.  His first full-time teaching job was at Blackburn Elementary.  Teaching sixth grade for five years was a joy and during that time he obtained his Masters in School Administration from ASU.  Mr. Hefner then served as an Assistant Principal for one year at Fred T. Foard High School and three years at Oxford Elementary.  In 2008 he became the Principal of Blackburn Elementary, serving in that role for six years. 

As a native of Catawba County, he has a great appreciation for the people, places, and history of the area. He loves to spend time with his family and truly enjoys working with all students, staff, and parents.  He resides in Conover with his wife and two children.  He loves spending time with his two children who bring such joy to his life and loves seeing them grow and change every day!  Their family pet is a dog named CeCe.

Mr. Hefner’s great passion is teaching children and adults.  He has worked as an adjunct professor at Lenoir Rhyne University in the Education Department.  He completed the Distinguished Leadership Program (DLP), a year-long leadership development program for practicing school principals designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal’s Association in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and UNC-LearnNC in 2013.  He graduated with his Ed. S in Educational Leadership through Appalachian State University in the spring of 2016. Please take the time and call or email if you have questions or concerns as we work to make Maiden High School the best school in NC!

Melissa Gemes

Melissa Gemes

Caine Houser

Caine Houser

Assistant Principal-Melissa Gemes

  • Email: Melissa_Gemes@catawbaschools.net
     
    Degrees:
    BS in Middle Grades Education-Appalachian State University
    MA in Curriculum Specialist-Appalachian State University
    MA in School Administration-Appalachian State University
     
    Instructional Duties:
    Curriculum Issues          
    Observations
    SMART Lunch
    Tardies
    School Schedules
    Oversees Testing Program
    Assists in Discipline
    EC Liason
    BLT-NC STAR Process Manager (SIP)                 
    School Improvement Plan
    Testing Program

Assistant Principal-Caine Houser

  • Email: Caine_Houser@catawbaschools.net
     
    Degrees:
    BA in Rehabilitative Science
    Masters in School Administration-Gardner Webb University

    Instructional Duties:
    Buses
    Discipline
    Observations
    Activity Buses
    Fire/Safety Inspections
    Fees List
    Equipment Needs
    Duty Rosters
    Free and Reduced Lunch