A Message from our Principal
Welcome to the Catawba Elementary School family! We will work together during this challenging year to make learning fun, rewarding, and rigorous for our students. Please contact our staff or administrators if we can be of service to you or your family.
- Mr. Lee, School Principal
Meet Michael D. Lee, Principal
Joined Team CCS - August 2009
Schools and great teachers have had essential roles in my life. Previously, I lived one of my dreams of teaching Spanish and English as a Second Language and coaching at River Bend Middle and Bunker Hill High in Claremont. After graduating from Appalachian State University with my Educational Leadership certification, I began my administrative career at St. Stephens Elementary in Conover. I spent five truly memorable years there serving the students, staff and community to grow our students. I have worked with and learned from some of the very best. Currently, I am excited to join the team at Catawba Elementary to build a transformative learning environment in pursuit of taking kids higher, Ad Astra, with students at the core of everything we do.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. Spanish and Management double major
New York University, M.A.T English to Speakers of Other Languages
Appalachian State University, Educational Leadership
Why I Became an Educator
Schools inspired me to dream and think I could become something. Equally important, they also enabled me to pursue those dreams
Growing up, my parents worked long hours and did manual labor so we could go farther, do more, and fly higher. But, with their own very basic education and limited English, they couldn't ever help us in school. They would simply and frequently tell my siblings and me, "Go to school. Listen to your teacher. Do your work." They truly believed my teachers and our schools held the key to our success.
I'm sure it wasn't easy for my teachers, but today I am here because of some truly caring teachers and the development platform schools gave me. I recognize all of that support, but also know that my story isn't unique. Our students still need us, teachers still matter, and great schools are still vital to our modern society. That's why I choose to serve in education.
Favorite Place in Catawba County
I grew up in a double-wide trailer with chickens, ducks and crayfish at the end of a tiny dirt road behind Blackburn Elementary. It is and will always be my favorite place in Catawba County.
When I am away from school, I enjoy exercising, writing and playing the guitar and piano. I believe learning should be a life-long journey. I strive for growth through conversation, reading, working on cars and tinkering with new technology.
Something Unique About Me
I am tri-lingual and am learning a fourth language, coding.
Anything Else You Want Us To Know?
I'm just very excited to start building something great with the team at Catawba Elementary! Go Rockets!
Catawba County is a great place to live, and our schools play a vital role in our community. As a graduate of Catawba County Schools, I know where we have been and where we can go if we work together.
Meet Natalie Inman, Assistant Principal
I Joined the CCS team in July 2002
I have been a member of the Catawba County School’s family my entire career. I taught both second and third grades for sixteen wonderful years at Balls Creek Elementary School. I earned my National Board Certification in Literacy during these years as well. I also served for two years as the Assistant Principal of Snow Creek Elementary School under the direction of Mr. David Hoots. I am excited to be here at Catawba Elementary School to continue my career in administration with Mr. Lee.
I am a proud graduate of Catawba County Schools. I attended Oxford Elementary School, Catawba Middle School, and graduated from Bunker Hill High School in 1996. I earned a degree in Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2001. Most recently I graduated from Gardner Webb University with a degree in Educational Leadership.
Why I Became an Educator
I am here today because I was inspired by wonderful teachers during my educational career. Catawba County Schools provided me with a superior education and I had a desire to help students be able to achieve their goals as well. My most influential role model is my mother who was an amazing teacher. She spent most of her career serving students in Catawba County as well. I always admired the positive relationships she had with her students and families. I can remember her former students reaching out to her long after they left her class with an appreciation for the impact she made in their lives. I wanted to be that person for students as well!
Get to Know Ms. Inman
- I have a daughter named Sydney who also graduated from Catawba County Schools. She now attends Appalachian State University majoring in Special Education. When she earns her degree in 2021 our family will have three generations of educators!
- I love spending time with my family which includes my sweet dog, Rosie. I enjoy reading, playing both card and board games, and cooking for others.
- I am an Appalachian State University and Carolina Panthers fan!
Meet Kelli Jonas, Secretary
My name is Kelli Jonas. I am the secretary here at Catawba Elementary. I have been at Catawba for 9 years. I am married and have 2 boys. I am going to be a MEME for the first time on October 31. My new baby is a little boy named Brooks. We are so excited to finally be grandparents.
Meet Karen Myatt , School Data Manager
I was born in Catawba County and have lived here all my life. I attended Balls Creek Elem. Then graduated from Bandys High School in 1980. I have two sons, named Ryan and Zac. I also have a little rescue dog, named Peanut.
In January 2000, I began working for Catawba County Schools as a TA at St. Stephens Elem. In July 2002, I moved to the position of the data manager at St. Stephens Elem. Then transferred to Mill Creek Middle School in July 2006. I decided to further my own education and went back to school part-time at Catawba Valley Community College in January 2010 while continuing to work full-time. I completed studies in December 2015 and graduated in May 2016 with High Honors in Accounting, AAS and Business Administration, AAS. In July 2016, I began splitting my weeks between Catawba Elem and Mill Creek Middle Schools.
I enjoy seeing all the younger children in the elementary school and the staff at Catawba Elem are the greatest and so family oriented.
Meet Holli Jenkins, School Nurse
Hello! I am Holli Jenkins and very glad to be at Catawba.