My name is Bryan Abernethy and I am currently in my 16th 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 always appreciated the beauty of the Appalachian mountains. I have always heard what a great place Brevard is to live, particularly for those wishing to raise children in a safe and enriching environment. In addition, the outstanding reputation of Transylvania County Schools is known throughout the state. These factors led me to apply for the principal position at Brevard High School. I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to lead Brevard High School as principal and I can not express in words how excited I am about this school year. Ultimately, I feel like all of the hard work that I have put forth in attaining my education and educating young people over the past fifteen years has finally culminated in my current position. In addition to now living in one of the most scenic places in the nation, if not the entire world, I also have the pleasure of working with an awesome staff and an incredibly talented and intelligent student population. My fellow administrators, Mrs. Carrie Norris and Mr. Mick Galloway, have helped me learn more about the area, the school, and the people of Brevard. Together, our administrative team has established a sharp focus on school safety, community involvement, and student success.
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 12 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. I have a loving wife Tenesha, who works as an EC teacher for TCS, and an energetic two-year old son named Luke. 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.
My goal for Brevard High School is simple: Be the best high school in the state of North Carolina! We will be an "A" school by the end of this year, meet "High Growth", and win the Wachovia Cup for athletics. The school already has one of the best band, theatre, arts, and choir programs in the nation. Altogether, I wholeheartedly believe that we can reach these goals and continue the tradition of greatness that has been established at Brevard High School since 1923!
Yours in education,