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Chad Upton, Principal

   I want to welcome you to Woodfin Elementary School’s website and to our school community at Woodfin. I begin my third year at Woodfin after spending all of the first 17 years of my career here in Buncombe County. Along with Woodfin, I have been principal at Fairview Elementary School and an assistant Principal at several elementary, middle, and high schools.  Prior to my administrative career, I was a science and social studies teacher at Enka Middle where I also was a basketball and baseball coach.  I am married to my wife, Sarah, an agent with the NC Division of Child Development, and have one son, Tyrus, a 4th grader at Bethel Elementary School.  Both of my parents are retired educators. My mother, Treva, taught for 30 years at the middle school level while my father was a teacher, high school principal, and superintendent of schools. I am a graduate of Pisgah High School in Canton and of Appalachian State University as well as Western Carolina University with degrees in Middle School Education and School Administration.  I enjoy spending time with my family, pulling for the Carolina Hurricanes, Appalachian Mountaineers, Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Braves.  Reading is an important pastime in my family as well. I enjoy regional non-fiction, historical non-fiction, particularly World War II era and that relating to North Carolina, and Marvel and DC comics that my son and I read together.

   I can’t put into words my excitement to continue working with the children and families of Woodfin. I know we have a tremendous staff of dedicated professionals that look forward to their work each day, families that are involved with their children’s lives and their community, volunteers who sacrifice each day, and a community that dearly loves its school.  I would say to you that there is no better example of a successful community oriented elementary school than that of Woodfin. We look forward to continuing our work in advancing our children’s access to technology while building on our 1 to 1 ratio of devices to children, a first at our level in our region. Growing our student garden, deepening our skills in reading, writing, and math, and having a sense of place and community in the process is key. It is our pleasure to work to give our children the very best of us each day by keeping them safe, healthy, and eagerly engaged in their educations and lives. I appreciate each family and look forward to continuing to serve Woodfin.