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Dr.  Darrell  McDowell
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Principal's Bio


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Dr. McDowell comes to Lavonia Elementary School after serving many years as a teacher and principal in North Carolina.  His previous experiences include teaching and coaching at the high school and elementary school levels.  He brings broad and diverse administrative experience that includes successful roles as a high school assistant principal and athletic director, high school principal, alternative school principal, and as a middle school principal.  He also served as the Director of an ESL and Migrant Education Program in Western North Carolina.  Dr. McDowell has a BS Degree from Appalachian State University.  He also has a Master’s Degree in School Administration, as well as an Educational Specialist Degree in Leadership, and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership.  All three of his administrative degrees were acquired in programs at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC.


Dr. McDowell loves to spend time with his three grown children and his wife Lisa of 31 years. When time allows, he also enjoys fishing, golfing, and singing. He also enjoys serving as the Varsity Assistant Wrestling Coach at Franklin County High School.  He is thrilled to be the Principal at Lavonia Elementary School and excited about what the future holds for our children and parents in this community.