My name is Bryan Abernethy and I am currently in my 17th year in public education in North Carolina. I began my career in New Hanover County at D.C. Virgo Middle School where I served as a physical education teacher, athletic director, and multi-sport coach for six years. In 2008, I began my administrative career in Pender County and served Pender High School, Pender Early College High School, Penderlea Elementary, and Topsail Middle School as an assistant principal. In 2015, I became the principal of East Columbus High School. During my time there, I was able to help the school grow out of its status of being a "low performing" high school and become the highest performing traditional high school in the district.
Having been born in Johnson City, TN, I have always appreciated the beauty of the Appalachian mountains. Brevard has a reputation for being a great place to live and raise children and the outstanding reputation of Transylvania County Schools is known throughout the state. I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to lead Brevard High School.
Last year was an outstanding year at BHS! I have had the opportunity to really get to know our students, our staff, our district leadership, and our community. I can honestly say, there is no place that I would rather be! BHS made significant gains in key academic areas last year, growing approximately 10 points in Biology and English II, a true indication of the quality of our teachers and the commitment of our students. In addition, the Teacher’s Working Conditions Survey indicated several positive trends related to teachers being supported in the classroom and our overall school climate.
My ultimate goal as principal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment where each student can reach his/her potential and realize the limitless benefits of education. It is my hope that all of our students graduate from Brevard High School with a well-rounded education which provides them with all of the tools that they will need to be successful in the future, regardless of the college or career path they decide to pursue. Student achievement and test scores are of utmost importance, but they should never overshadow the multifaceted education that we must provide for our students as educators. By providing quality programs in athletics, music and the arts, and career and technical education, we ensure the success of our students by exposing them to new ideas, opportunities, people, and experiences.
Personally, I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997 and, over the course of 16 years, attained my teaching certification, Master's of Administration degree, and my Doctorate of Education degree in the area of Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. I was first drawn to the North Carolina coast because of my love of surfing, something that I have done for over twenty-five years. I also love playing drums, biking, physical fitness, and sports (particularly baseball and basketball). I have used these interests throughout my life to connect with people from different backgrounds and to forge relationships that will last a lifetime. Being a loving husband and father is my ultimate goal in life, and it is my hope that my wife and I continue to raise our son in Brevard for many years to come.
Yours in education,
Dr. Bryan Abernethy
Brevard High School
609 N. Country Club Rd.
Brevard, NC 28712