Melissa Lewis selected as new RCMS principal

RCMS Principal Melissa Lewis

Melissa Lewis will be at the helm of Rowan County Middle School, taking over as Principal after the retirement of former principal Jay Padula.  The school’s Site-Based Decision-Making Council knew that it would not be an easy decision, filling the shoes of Mr. Padula, but, after conducting a thorough search and a number of interviews, the council unanimously selected Melissa Lewis to be the school’s new principal.


Mrs. Lewis comes to Rowan County Schools with over 25 years of experience in the education field and is currently the Assistant Principal at East Carter Middle School.  In 2019 she not only was named Carter County Elementary Teacher of the Year, she also received the Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award.  She and her husband have one son.


Supt. John Maxey said of Mrs. Lewis, “I want to welcome Melissa Lewis to the Rowan County School District.  She will be a great fit for Rowan County Schools, in general, and Rowan County Middle School, in particular.  I believe that everyone will enjoy working with her.”


“I am honored to be a part of Rowan County Schools and excited for the new school year,” said Mrs. Lewis.  When asked about her vision for Rowan County Middle School, she remarked, “My vision is for each student to be successful and to realize his or her fullest potential.”

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