Mount Airy City Schools is bringing back a familiar face to fill a void at Tharrington Primary School.
Long-time Tharrington teacher Emily Niston is returning this summer to become the new school principal.
The city Board of Education met this week and gave its final approval to the hire. This finalizes a couple of moves created by a resignation over the winter.
In February Susan Bunch stepped down as principal of Mount Airy Middle School. In early April, the school board announced that it had chosen Olivia Byerly to take over that spot. The board believed she would do an excellent job, but that created a new problem since she had been the principal at Tharrington for two and a half years.
Niston began her education career at Tharrington as a first-grade teacher in 1999. Fresh out of UNC Charlotte, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education, Niston taught for 13 years.
During that time, she began taking classes through High Point University to earn her master’s degree in educational leadership in 2012. She then accepted an assistant principal job at Franklin Elementary in the Surry County Schools district.
“Niston has been named from a pool of highly qualified individuals where her experiences in an elementary setting and ability to create and foster relationships while communicating effectively matched the feedback from the community and staff regarding the traits of the school’s next principal,” stated Carrie Venable, public information officer.
“I am humbled and honored to have this opportunity to join the team as principal at Tharrington Primary School,” said Niston. “I look forward to serving this community of students and families and continuing the academic excellence that has been established at this school.”
Dr. Kim Morrison, school superintendent, said, “Mrs. Emily Niston is not a stranger to Mount Airy City Schools. She excelled as a teacher and has gone on to excel as an administrator in a neighboring district. We are excited to bring Mrs. Niston home to BHT where she started her career and welcome the vision she has for taking BHT to the next level for all students.”
Niston will be principal effective July 1. Students, families and the community will be invited to a “Meet the Principal Night” that will take place this summer.