Dr. Melanie Shaver named MCS Principal of the Year

Dr. Melanie Shaver named MCS Principal of the Year

Foothills Principal Melanie Shaver is the 2021-22 MCS Principal of the Year


Dr. Melanie Shaver, principal of Foothills Community School, has been selected by her colleagues as the 2021-2022 Principal of the Year for McDowell County Schools.  Shaver was humbled at the news: “I am truly honored to be nominated by my peers and so grateful to a county that has allowed me so many opportunities to serve kids.”

Dr. Shaver graduated from UNC-Pembroke with a teaching degree in December 2006. She began her education career in January 2007 as a middle school science and social studies teacher for Moore County Schools in Carthage, NC. In September 2008 she joined the staff at West McDowell Jr. High (now West Middle) as the ECO Van Teacher. In June 2009 she was reassigned as a Science and Social Studies teacher. She served in that role until June 2013 when she was reassigned to the district office as an Instructional Coach for secondary grades. In August 2016 she was reassigned back to West Middle as an assistant principal to serve as Director of the newly formed STEM magnet Foothills Community School. She was Board approved as the principal of Foothills in July 2018 and continues to serve in that role.

Dr. Shaver earned her Master of Arts degree in Science education from East Carolina University in 2010. She earned an Advanced degree (EdS) from East Carolina in 2018, and then completed her Masters in School Administration (MSA) degree from Gardner-Webb University in 2019. Dr. Shaver completed all requirements for her doctoral (EdD) degree from Gardner-Webb in August 2021.

Superintendent Mark Garrett had strong words of praise for Dr. Shaver, stating “Melanie has worked with the students, families, and educators in McDowell County for the past 13 years. The students of Foothills Community School have been greatly served by her love of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education and passion for student learning. We are very proud of Melanie as our MCS representative in the Principal of the Year process.”

Dr. Shaver added “This honor is a reflection of the hard work of our wonderful students and incredible team of teachers and staff at FCS. I am so fortunate to be their principal.”

She will compete against 15 other district principals in Region 7 (Northwest) for a chance to be the Regional Principal of the Year in November and December. The eight regional principals of the year will then be considered for the honor of State Principal of the Year later in the spring.