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Gretchen Reiss

Gretchen Reiss

Principal
Robert L. Patton High School

It is my honor to serve as the principal of Robert L. Patton High School I look forward to working with the parents, staff, and community to enrich the lives of our students.  For most of my life, I have lived in Burke County. I graduated from Lenior-Rhyne University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. I completed my Master’s Degree in Reading in 2000 and my add-on certificate in administration in 2018 from Appalachian State University. My teaching experience was at Drexel Elementary for over 22 years.  I began my administration career at Jimmy C. Draughn High School where I served as the curriculum assistant principal for four years. I served as principal at George Hildebrand Elementary for three years.

 

Education is significant to me and was instilled in me at a young age.  I always wanted to be a teacher, like my mother.  I was the little girl who played “school” and could not wait until teaching became a reality.  As a teacher, I dedicated myself to making learning come alive through hands-on, active instruction. I loved watching young students discover the foundational skills of reading and mathematics. My passion is to give students the tools they need to be successful - academically, socially, and emotionally. I believe in high time on task and student-centered learning. It is my desire for parents, students, and staff to feel welcome when they enter our school.

 

My rotten four-legged golden retriever daughter, London Elizabeth, and I enjoy walks through Valdese, Morganton, and local dog parks. I love spending time with friends, traveling, decorating, baking, and reading.

I am enthusiastic about this opportunity to serve the students, parents, and community in this role as principal.  I am a believer in teamwork and collaboration. It truly takes a village to provide the best learning opportunities. If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email me greiss@burke.k12.nc.us. Go Panthers!

Kellyn Holt

Kellyn Holt

Assistant Principal
Robert L. Patton High School