New Principal Appointed at Startown Elementary School | Local News


NEWTON — Catawba County Schools Superintendent Matt Stover announced a new principal appointment for the upcoming school year. Jennifer Stodden has been named principal of Startown Elementary School effective July 1. The school board confirmed the position on March 28.

Stodden is currently Principal of HM Arndt Middle School where she has served since 2018. Prior to being named Principal, she served as Vice Principal at Arndt from 2014 to 2018. Stodden began her career at Catawba County Schools as a teacher at Blackburn Elementary in 2005. .

“Ms. Stodden was a dynamic leader for our district while at Arndt Middle School,” Stover said. continue to excel.

Stodden earned his Bachelor of Arts in Education from College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York, and his Masters in Educational Administration from Western Carolina University. She also holds the National Council Certification in English Language Arts for Young Teenagers.

“I have a heart of service and find joy and passion in working with youth, families and our school communities,” Stodden said. “We all have one common goal, and that is to grow our children academically, emotionally and socially. I look forward to building new relationships in my next chapter.

Stodden and her 31-year-old husband have three daughters.


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