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Students going back to four schools in the Owen Schools District this week were greeted by four new principals.

The new principals are Nicole Roberts at Black Mountain Elementary, Jan Greenhoe at Community High School, Carrie Lynch at W.D. Williams Elementary and Jim Lewis at Owen Middle.

Roberts was assistant principal at Black Mountain Elementary before being promoted. She has been in education since 1998.

“I feel honored to have been chosen as the principal of Black Mountain Elementary and to be able to continue working in the Swannanoa Valley where families are highly engaged in the success of their students and their school,” she said. “The faculty is dedicated to the personal and academic growth of the students, and I look forward to working with them and our families to ensure that each student excels.”

Greenhoe was assistant principal at Roberson High School. He first began in the education field in 1982 as a teacher. “My career in education has come full circle in two ways,” he said. “I am thrilled to be back in Swannanoa Valley because I am a former Warhorse now serving the students of Community High School as principal in the same school where my teaching career began.”

Lynch was previously assistant principal at Williams Elementary School. She started her career in the field as a fourth-grade teacher at Black Mountain Elementary.

“I am thrilled to be principal at W.D. Williams,” she said. “Having transitioned from assistant principal last year, I know firsthand how special this school is. I am grateful for the family-like atmosphere the staff here has created among each other and our students. I’m looking forward to sharing with the community what a great place W.D. Williams is.”

Lewis was assistant principal at Owen High School. He started his career in education in 1991 at a band teacher in Dillon, South Carolina before becoming band teacher at Owen High in 1996.

“I am honored to be principal at Owen Middle School,” he said. “Our mission is to help students explore their potential as people and better understand their roles in a global society. The faculty and staff here at Owen Middle is so talented and caring. I am happy to be a part of this amazing family.”

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