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Principal:  Mrs. Devane 

Welcome to NBES! 
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to North Buncombe Elementary School (NBES).  I consider it a privilege to work in such a wonderful community with outstanding staff, students, and parents.  Our staff is committed to ensuring that your child experiences success every day and receives the best education possible as we continue the tradition of excellence at NBES.   Our mission and vision is to develop successful lifelong learners.  We practice daily our Blackhawk Basics of Being Safe, Respectful, and Responsible.

 I received my Bachelor of Art’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida and Master’s in School Administration from Western Carolina University.  I also hold a Reading License and my certification in Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG).  During my thirty years as an educator, I have had the opportunity to experience several roles in the field of education with each one bringing its own rewards.   I have been a classroom teacher, AIG teacher, Reading Specialist, Assistant Principal, and Principal.  Being an educator is truly the most rewarding profession. My career with Buncombe County Schools began at NBES and I previously served as Assistant Principal here, so I am thrilled to be back where I consider home.   

 There are many ways for you to participate and become involved in our school community.  We have a very active PTO and group of parent volunteers.  We know that each family’s schedule and home commitments are different, and we value and appreciate the type of involvement you choose.  On behalf of the staff, I would like to extend an invitation for you to visit NBES and see all of the wonderful things that take place each day.  Our partnership with you sets the foundation for success.  We’re glad that you’ve chosen NBES as your school!


Please feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance.  I can be reached at

828-645-6054 or