Matthew Haney Named New Principal at Etowah Elementary

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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 14, 2017) – Matthew Haney has been selected to succeed retiring Michael Thorpe as Principal at Etowah Elementary, effective March 1.

Currently an Assistant Principal at Flat Rock Middle, Haney has taught, coached, and held administrative roles in public schools throughout Western North Carolina since 1999, when he began his career in education with Haywood County Schools as a technology education teacher and assistant football coach at Waynesville Middle School.

Haney also taught Metals Manufacturing Technology at Asheville High School, Technology Education at T.C. Roberson High School, and served as assistant coach for T.C. Roberson’s football and track programs before returning to Haywood County Schools in 2004 as Canton Middle School’s technology education teacher and head football coach.

After six years at the middle school, Haney was named Assistant Principal of Canton Middle, where he remained until 2013 when he continued his leadership at Pisgah High School as Assistant Principal. Haney joined Henderson County Public Schools in 2015 as Assistant Principal at Flat Rock Middle and quickly demonstrated his leadership in education.

“I could not be more excited being named the new principal at Etowah Elementary,” Haney said. “It is an honor to be able to serve such an amazing community of dedicated staff and students.”

“Etowah Elementary has a tradition of high student achievement and growth, and I look forward to continuing these efforts by first focusing on building strong relationships with our staff, students and community,” said Haney.

Haney holds a Master of School Administration and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Western Carolina University.

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