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Clay County Schools has 17 staff members filling new roles for fall 2019. We introduced eight of them in last week’s Clay County Progress. You may learn about the remaining nine people here.

• Hayesville High School has a new assistant principal to fill the vacancy left when Jim Saltz became the school’s principal. While Stacey Overlin is new to Hayesville Schools, he is certainly not new to education. Most recently, he spent two years as a Macon County Schools administrator. Prior to that, he worked in Paducah, Ky., for 12 years as a high school biology and physics teacher. During that time, he also served as an assistant principal and principal in the Kentucky schools.

Overlin is pleased to make the move over the mountain. “I’m very excited to be joining the team at Hayesville High,” he said. “Getting to know the school community and helping students reach their goals.”

• Emily Hedden has joined Hayesville Schools as School Counselor. Hedden actually started as an employee at the schools in April. She has been a school counselor for seven years at Andrews Elementary School. Prior to being a school counselor, she was a court counselor for eight years. She also worked in mental health for four years. 

“I am a graduate of Hayesville High School and have lived here all my life,” Hedden explained. “I feel like the county has needed another school counselor position for a long time and I am excited and honored that I was chosen to fill this position. I look forward to helping the community that I love so much.” 

• Another lifetime Hayesville resident is coming to Clay County Schools. Amanda Thompson is joining the teaching staff of Hayesville High School to teach math. Thompson just graduated from college so this will be her first teaching role. 

She is very excited about it. “I was blessed to be influenced by many great teachers and leaders in my time at Hayesville,” she said. “I am thankful the Lord has provided an opportunity for me to continue that tradition of excellence.” 

• Pam Hughes will be working with much younger students. After working as a substitute teacher for the past two years, Hughes is taking on the important role of teaching assistant in the toddler daycare. She is looking forward to these tiniest of students. 

“I’m super excited about learning and growing with these precious little people,” she said. 

In addition, several new teachers are joining Hayesville Middle School. 

• This will be the first year at Hayesville schools for Amy Leatherwood Tart, who will be teaching fifth grade math and science. Tart has taught fifth grade for five years prior, but she was a social studies and English language arts teacher before. 

“I previously taught for Sampson County Schools in eastern North Carolina where I was placed by Teach for America,” she explained. “After teaching there and serving as Teacher of the Year, I decided to move home to be closer to family. I am extremely excited to be working at HMS.” 

• Seventh grade english language arts teacher Abigail Pullum will come to Hayesville Middle School. This will be Pullum’s eighth year teaching, but she has usually taught elementary grades. Not only has she taught kindergarten, second grade and fourth grade, but she said she has also been an instructional coach K-5 for the subjects of reading, math and science. “Pride and enthusiasm are two words that describe my feelings as I am welcomed into the Yellow Jacket family,” Pullum said. “I know God will use me for his glory as I build student relationships and drive a creativity and passion for learning in my classroom.” 

• Gabrielle Martin’s first year at Hayesville Middle School will be spent teaching middle school STEAM or STEM, an acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. She previously taught in Cherokee County for seven years where she taught middle school math, as well as Math 1. 

Martin enjoys sharing the modern education approach with students. “Teaching through hands on projects and engaging students in solving real world problems is my passion,” she said. “STEM will allow me opportunity to teach in this way every day.” 

• Shannon Hogsed brings 19 and a half years of experience teaching children with special needs - 15 at the high school level and four at the elementary level. At Hayesville Middle School, she will teach seventh grade exceptional children. Hogsed has taught reading, math and English Language Arts, but she has also been a co-teacher and has taught in a resource classroom, as well as self-contained classroom. 

“I am so thankful that God has blessed me with the opportunity to be a part of the Hayesville Schools’ family,” she said. “I can’t wait to meet all my students and build relationships with them, foster not only their academic and social skills, but also their self-esteem, inspire each student to do his or her best, make learning fun for all the students and create a positive atmosphere in the classroom that enhances each child’s importance and creativity.” 

• Being Hayesville Middle School’s newest physical education teacher will be a new position for Nic Rumfelt, but he has been a teacher assistant with Clay County Schools for ten years. 

For the past five years, Rumfelt has been the distant learning adviser, as well as facilitating in school suspension. 

“I have also taught Stacked Deck which is a prevention gambling awareness for teens,” Rumfelt added. “I’m excited to get the opportunity to teach physical education at the middle school level in such an amazing school system.” 

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Clay County Progress

Mailing Address: PO Box 483, Hayesville, NC 28904
Physical Address: 43 Main Street, Hayesville, NC 28904
Phone: 828-389-8431
Fax: 828-389-9997