Courtney Merkel will transition to the Assistant Principal position at Graham A. Barden Elementary starting on Oct. 1, 2020.
Merkel began her career in education 13 years ago. She has taught in Joshua Tree, California and in Craven County. She has had the experience of being a media coordinator and being in the classroom in grades Kindergarten, First, Second, and Fifth grades.
Merkel’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and a Masters in School Administration with a Curriculum and Instruction endorsement from East Carolina University. She was also recognized in 2017 as Craven County’s elementary math teacher of the year.
She is happily married to Edward Merkel and has two children. Her son Ryan is a specialist in the U.S. Army and her daughter Sarah is a freshman at N.C. State.