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New Leadership Team Looks Forward to New School Year photo

New Leadership Team Looks Forward to New School Year

As every child knows, each new school year brings exciting changes and new faces. This year will be no exception at Hemby Bridge, including our new leadership team, Principal Stephanie Burris and Assistant Principal Sarah Starr.

Already familiar to the families at Hemby Bridge, Mrs. Burris took on the role of principal in July. Mrs. Burris has worked in education for 18 years, including such varied positions as pre-K teacher, literacy facilitator, third grade summer school teacher, administrative intern, and our very own assistant principal. She has also taught classes for the Education Department at UNC Charlotte and Stanly Community College. Mrs. Burris considers herself a life-long learner and earned her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and graduate certificate at UNC Charlotte.

Mrs. Burris grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia and Mount Pleasant, North Carolina. She currently resides in Oakboro, North Carolina with her husband. She loves almost any outdoor activity including gardening, kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking. About her new role and the new school year, Mrs. Burris said “I look forward to continuing to serve the students, families and staff of Hemby Bridge Elementary in my new role as principal.”

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First Grade Students Explore Sea Life photo

First Grade Students Explore Sea Life

On May 7, first grade students visited the Sea Life Aquarium at Concord Mills to expand their research unit of sea life animals. Students have been comparing and contrasting animal habitats, physical features, predators, food they consume, and fun facts of sea animals from around the world. While at the aquarium, students were able to explore all sorts of sea animals that can be found around the world.  The following week students created dioramas of the animal they researched using recycled products and shared their projects with other classes.  First grade had so much fun on their field trip seeing the animals in action!

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