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Gretchen Reiss

Gretchen Reiss

George Hildebrand Elementary

It is my honor to serve as the principal of George Hildebrand Elementary School. I love working with the parents, caregivers, staff, and community to enrich the lives of our “Eagle” 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 in the primary grades.  I also served as the curriculum assistant principal at Draughn High School for four years. 

Education is critical 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 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.

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 of George Hildebrand in this role as the instructional leader.  I am a believer in teamwork and collaboration. It truly takes a village to provide the best learning opportunities for our students to be successful My desire is for students, parents, and staff to feel welcome when they enter our school.  If you have any questions, concerns, or praises, please call or email me  George Hildebrand Elementary School is the absolute best school!  Go Eagles!