honor and a privilege to have been selected for this most important position and I am excited to join the
I am married to C. J. Elkins and have one daughter, Bayley, who will attend Western Carolina University
this fall with the intent of becoming a high school math teacher. For over eight decades, my family has
predominantly been comprised of rural North Carolina educators, striving to make a difference in the
lives of those around them. The importance of a sound education has been instilled in me, and I find
that working with children is my true calling.
Even though my Bachelor of Arts degree is for middle grades education, I spent several years studying
elementary education and was only a few classes shy of a degree in that area. My first teaching job
was a mix of middle school and elementary, as I taught in the mornings at Cane River Middle and in
the afternoons at Bee Log Elementary. This is when I began my love for teaching and also when I
recognized the different needs of elementary compared to middle grade students.
I was raised in the Newdale community and have fond memories of my own childhood. It is my desire
to help your child establish amazing memories as well, while also receiving the best education possible.
Even though I have been at South Toe a short period of time, I have already realized that this mission is
shared by the faculty of South Toe and the parents of this wonderful community.
“It takes a village to raise a child.” This has been my belief for my own daughter as well as those
children who have been entrusted to my care. Together we can create an environment which is
nurturing, loving, and conducive to student learning. Together we can help our students overcome
obstacles and experience personal successes. Together we can make a difference in the lives of South
Toe students, and this is certainly our communal goal.