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7/28/2020 11:46:00 AM
New Principal At Banoak

Catawba County Schools
Press Release

Catawba County Schools would like to welcome Mrs. Leah Hayes as the new Principal of Banoak Elementary School.

Mrs. Hayes has served as a hearing-impaired teacher, a kindergarten teacher and is leaving Newton-Conover Middle School where she served as an assistant principal. She was Newton-Conover City Schools’ Teacher of the Year in 2015-16 and was the North Carolina Northwest Teacher of the Year in 2016-17. She will bring more than 20 years of public education service to Banoak Elementary.

Mrs. Hayes’ leadership style revolves around relationship building and service to others. She is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Deaf Education and Elementary Education. She most recently earned a Master’s degree from High Point University in Educational Leadership.

Superintendent Dr. Matt Stover is excited that Mrs. Hayes is joining Catawba County Schools. He says “We are fortunate to have a distinguished educator join our team in CCS. Her family roots in the Banoak community, her past educational success and her ability to develop relationships make her the perfect candidate to serve as the principal of Banoak.”

About Catawba County School System: Catawba County Schools System (CCS) is a district with a bold vision for today – and an eye toward our future. The largest school district in Catawba, CCS is comprised of 28 schools in five geographical attendance zones with an enrollment of approximately 16,000 students. With 16 elementary, 5 middle, and 5 high schools, as well as an early college high school and alternative high school, CCS offers diverse and intriguing choices that give students access to the amenities and activities of a large district while remaining agile and responsive to evolving needs. To learn more about Catawba County Schools including more information about the reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school  year, visit

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