Starmount High School will welcome its new principal this June.
Cody Hemric, the former assistant principal, will step in to the fill the shoes of former principal Junior Luffman.
Hemric said that he was raised in Hamptonville, living on the line between Wilkes and Yadkin Counties. He graduated from East Wilkes High School and went on to Appalachian State University where he got his degree in education.
He spent his student teaching at Surry Central High School in Dobson and accepted a job teaching and coaching there.
“I was blessed at the time when I came out of school that teachers were in high demand and the economy was good,” Hemric said. “There was a huge push to start reducing class sizes. I had several job offers.”
It wasn’t long before Yadkin County Schools came calling for Hemric, and he made a move to elementary schools — a move he never thought he would make.
“I wanted to work in the high schools,” Hemric said. “I swore I would never work in the elementary schools because I couldn’t handle working with the small children.”
Hemric quickly learned that he had misjudged the world of elementary school teaching as he settled into his job as sixth, seventh and eighth grade teacher at Jonesville Elementary.
After 12 years at Jonesville, Hemric made another move to continue working with sixth through eighth grades at the newly built Starmount Middle School. Hemric said he served as the social studies teacher for a year and eventually took over as athletic director for about half a year before another opportunity presented itself.
“I received a call from Junior Luffman, who was returning to Starmount High School as the principal and wanted to know if I was interested in working in administration with him,” Hemric said. “After getting my master’s I was thinking about getting into administration eventually, but I didn’t want to leave the classroom. I loved teaching, I loved working with kids and I loved coaching.”
Hemric ultimately decided it was the right move for him and his family and accepted the assistant principal position at Starmount High.
Hemric has served in that capacity since 2010. When Luffman announced that he would retire in February, Hemric decided that he was ready to take the next step and added his name to the pool of applicants.
After an interview process, Hemric was the top pick and will take over his new title in June.
“I relish a challenge and I look forward to my roles as principal,” Hemric said. “As assistant principal you have almost all the same roles and duties as the principal the only difference is you don’t get blamed or you don’t get the credit.”
Hemric said that he has small goals for Starmount once he takes over but his ultimate goal will be to continue to provide the highest quality education to his students as he can.
Hemric said that he would like to see communication between the school and parents continue to improve and to see test scores continue to improve.
“There’s always room to improve communication and involve parents as much as possible,” Hemric said. “We want to make them an active part of the kid’s life and their education so that they’re involved in every aspect of high school.”
Hemric said that he’s proud to continue on in this new position at Starmount High School and he’s most proud of the students he gets to watch grow each year.
“We don’t have the most resources and we don’t have the most money,” Hemric said. “We struggle to do the things that we want to do here in Yadkin County and for our students to accomplish what they’ve accomplished with the limited resources I think is amazing.”
Reach Lindsay Craven at 679-2341 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.