Edwin H. Spivey III, principal of McDowell High, has been selected by his colleagues as the 2019-2020 Principal of the Year for McDowell County Schools. Spivey was humbled at the news: “It is an honor to be selected as Principal of the Year by my fellow principals whom I admire and respect, and I am very proud to represent McDowell High and McDowell County Schools.”
Spivey graduated from McDowell High in 1988. He then attended Appalachian State University and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in History and a minor in Business Administration. Upon graduation he worked as a sales representative for copiers and other office equipment in the Asheville area. He began his education career in 1999 as a Social Studies teacher and Golf coach at McDowell High. In 2005 he moved into administration as an assistant principal at AC Reynolds High School in Buncombe County. He was named principal of Enka High School in Buncombe County in 2010 and served in that role until July 2015. He has served as the McDowell High principal since August 2015.
Spivey earned his Masters of School Administration in 2002 from Western Carolina University. In 2013 he was awarded the degree of Education Specialist (Ed.S.) from UNC-Greensboro.
Superintendent Mark Garrett had strong words of praise for Spivey, stating “Edwin has done an outstanding job since returning to McDowell County. The students of McDowell High have exceeded expected growth on End of Course testing for three consecutive years, and students and staff from every department and program have exhibited high levels of excellence in multiple state and national competitions. We are very proud of Edwin as our representative in the Principal of the Year process.”
Spivey 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.