Henderson County Public Schools announced administrative changes this week, and one of those changes has a former North Henderson High basketball player taking over his old elementary school.

Andrew VunCannon, a graduate of North Henderson in 2001, was promoted from athletic director at North to principal at Edneyville Elementary School, where he studied from 1988 to 1994. He has been North’s AD since

“It is an honor to be able to serve the Edneyville community, students and teachers as a principal,” VunCannon said in a Henderson County Public Schools news release. “It’s a community that means the world to me and has a special place in my heart and has been vital to my academic development.

During his playing days in high school, he was part of one of the best men’s basketball teams North ever had during the 1998-99 season when they advanced to the quarterfinals of the state. He was in second grade then and his brother, Matthew, was in senior year. After graduating in 2001, he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from UNC Charlotte. He returned to Hendersonville and taught for a year at Apple Valley Middle School before moving to East Mecklenburg, where he taught and coached for 12 years. He coached track and field there for eight years and basketball for 10 and even led East Mecklenburg to a 4-A state title in 2008.

He served as dean of students for a year at East Mecklenburg before returning to the North in 2017 when he was appointed deputy principal. In 2020, he takes on the role of sports director.

“He is a dedicated Henderson County Public Schools educator who knows how to positively impact students and staff,” Henderson County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Garrett said in the statement. “Mr. VunCannon has the skills and experience we were looking for in the school’s next leader. We have confidence in his ability to continue Edneyville’s tradition of excellence.

Marsha Justice appointed director of primary education

Henderson County Public Schools also announced that Dr. Marsha Justice has been named director of elementary education, filling the position vacated by Dr. Shannon Marlowe, who is now assistant superintendent of instructional services.

Justice joined Henderson County Public Schools in 1997 as a biology teacher at East Henderson High after earning her bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina University. In 2003, Justice continued her teaching career in Catawba County Schools, where she taught biology for five years at Saint Stephens High.

She returned to Henderson County in 2008 when she was appointed assistant superintendent at Apple Valley Middle, where she served for 10 years. In 2018, Justice was named Principal of Edneyville Elementary School and has held that position ever since. While at Edneyville Elementary, Justice was named the 2021-2022 Principal of the Year for Henderson County Public Schools, as well as the 2022 Principal of the Year for the West Region.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to be Principal of Edneyville Elementary School for the past five years. As Director of Elementary Education and Title 1, I am excited for a new opportunity to develop and impact students, education specialists and principals across the county. . My goal is to serve and make a difference in the lives of others. I look forward to this trip,” Justice said in the statement.