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McMahon named BCPS Principal of the Year

posted Oct 17, 2018, 6:14 AM by Cheryl Shuffler



W. A. Young Elementary School Principal Christie McMahon is the 2018 Burke County Public Schools Principal of the Year. McMahon is in her second year as principal at W.A. Young and previously served as assistant principal at Salem, Forest Hill and Drexel elementary schools and Liberty Middle School.


McMahon is a graduate of Freedom High School, Lees-McRae College and Western Carolina University. She began her career in education as a teacher at Glen Alpine Elementary School.


Fellow Burke County Public Schools principals nominated McMahon for the principal of the year honor. Following an interview process, a selection committee chose her to represent Burke County as principal of the year.


McMahon said, “This is so exciting and humbling. There are a lot of other principals in our district who are deserving of this honor.”


Burke County Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam and Director of Elementary Education Karen Auton surprised McMahon with the announcement at her school. Putnam said, “Mrs. McMahon is very deserving of this honor. She is a great leader at her school and respected by other principals. We are proud that she is representing Burke County as Principal of the Year.”


McMahon is now eligible for Region 7 District Principal of the Year.


McMahon is married to Tim and they have three children, Austen, Alex and Kate. 

Photo: Burke County Public School Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam, left, W.A. Young Elementary School Principal and Burke County Public Schools 2018 Principal of the Year Christie McMahon and Burke County Public Schools Director of Elementary Education Karen Auton.