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Walden named assistant principal of the year

posted Dec 15, 2015, 5:17 AM by Terri Willms   [ updated Dec 15, 2015, 5:17 AM ]

      Freedom High School Assistant Principal Gayle Walden is Burke County Public Schools’ assistant principal of the year. Walden, originally from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, moved to Morganton as a child and attended Burke County Public Schools from the second to the ninth grade. She graduated high school in South Carolina and received a bachelor’s in administrative management from Clemson University. Walden received her teaching certification from Lenoir-Rhyne University and a master’s in school administration from Appalachian State University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and has a gifted education licensure.
      Walden started her teaching career with Burke County Public Schools in 1988 and has taught second through fifth grades at Oak Hill Elementary School and Walter Johnson Middle School. She also is a past gifted education facilitator. She was the assistant principal at Salem Elementary School for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years and started as an assistant principal at Freedom in August.
      Walden said she is humbled to be named assistant principal of the year. She said, “I know many who are much more deserving of the honor.”
      Walden said she has taken nuggets of wisdom from the different management styles of each of the 10 different principals and seven different assistant principals she has worked with during her career.

Walden is married to Karl, a retired captain with the Morganton Department of Public Safety, and they have two children, Amanda Highley, media coordinator at Forest Hill Elementary, and Jake Walden, 1
st Lieutenant in US Army, stationed in Fort Carson, Colorado and preparing for a deployment in Afghanistan. She is the daughter of Claudette and Eddie Reece, of Morganton. Walden enjoys traveling, camping, hiking and reading and is a member of El Bethel Baptist Church where she is involved in community service.


Cheryl M. Shuffler
Public Relations Officer
Burke County Public Schools
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