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Melissa Costin will be the new Parkway School principal. Photo courtesy of Watauga County Schools.

Originally published: 2012-11-06 09:06:08
Last modified: 2012-11-06 09:06:08

New Parkway principal selected

by Staff Reports

Melissa J. Costin, the current principal of Colletsville School in Caldwell County, has been chosen as the new principal of Parkway School.

The Board of Education approved the selection Monday evening, and Costin will begin the position Dec. 1.

Costin is in her third year as principal at Colletsville and previously served for three years as assistant principal at South Caldwell High School. She was recognized as the Caldwell County Schools Assistant Principal of the Year in 2008.

Colletsville School serves 377 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. During Costin's tenure, the school has been recognized as an Honor School of Excellence and a high growth school under North Carolina's school accountability model. Colletsville also achieved those high levels while also being a Title I school, meaning a majority of students come from lower-income households. The school has been nominated for a national award in each year of her leadership as principal and was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2011.

Costin also has been an assistant principal/intern in Brunswick County and New Hanover County in connection with her completion of the N.C. Principal Fellowship Program, and she taught high school English for five years before moving to school leadership.

Costin completed her bachelor's degree in English education at Appalachian State University and finished a master's degree in school administration at UNC-Wilmington. She also completed the Distinguished Leadership in Practice program of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

Costin succeeds Tamara Stamey, who was recently named director of elementary education for Watauga County Schools and officially transitioned to her new role Monday.

Parkway School has an enrollment of 523 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. It is rated a N.C. School of Distinction on the state’s ABC’s school accountability model and has the highest proportion of Nationally Board Certified teachers of any school in the Watauga County Schools, a system that ranked third out of 115 school districts statewide last year in the proportion of personnel with National Board Certification.