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New Assistant Principals Named For BMS, PFE

The Board of Education recently approved two new assistant principals who will start their administrative careers with Transylvania County Schools.

Andrew Healy, AP for Brevard Middle School On June 6, the board approved Andrew Healy as a new Assistant Principal for Brevard Middle School, effective August 1. He will join fellow AP Laurie Kleppe working at BMS for Principal Jeff Bailey. On July 16, Michael Kirst was named Assistant Principal for Pisgah Forest Elementary. Kirst will begin his tenure as an administrator working for Principal Tonya Treadway.


Andrew Healy most recently taught Exceptional Children at Brevard High School as an inclusion English teacher and intensive interventionist since 2015, and also assisted the BHS track team as a throwing and strength coach. He holds degrees in political science and human ecology, with a Master’s in Education from Northwest Nazarene University (Nampa, Idaho) and a certificate in school leadership from Appalachian State University. He spent several years as a community director and adaptive recreation leader before becoming a public school educator in 2010.

Healy said his work in intensive intervention opened his eyes to the difficulties facing students, and helping them be successful will serve him well in a new role. “I wish to provide support that the teachers at my school need and consistent leadership that helps to drive positive progress in a school system. Education is a driving force in quality of life, and I hope to help my community grow and develop because our students were given the tools to better their lives.”

BMS Principal Jeff Bailey said, “We are very excited to have Mr. Andrew Healy join the administrative team at Brevard Middle School. His role will include working with transportation (buses), building positive behavior for students, and maintaining facilities for BMS.  We look forward to Mr. Healy joining us on August 1st!”

Mike Kirst, new AP for Pisgah Forest Elementary A new arrival to Transylvania County Schools, Mike Kirst comes from a family of educators, and has been a teacher, coach, and administrative intern, most recently at Cary High School. “My mom, who is now retired, my sister, my sister-in-law, and my wife are all teachers. During my ten years in Wake County School, I taught social studies, coached football, and served as an administrative intern.”

Kirst started teaching and coaching at Millbrook High School in Raleigh in 2007, and joined Cary High School as a social studies teacher and football coach in 2015. He earned his bachelor’s (history), master’s (educational administration), and teaching credentials at the University of Redlands in Southern California. During summers while in school, he served as a camp counselor and director of a summer youth camp.  

“I look forward to using what I have learned in my education and professional experience to help the students and staff at Pisgah Forest Elementary.  Most importantly, I am excited to learn along with the whole ‘Ranger Family.’ It takes a community to make Pisgah Forest Elementary and Transylvania County Schools a great place for students to learn and grow!”

Principal Tonya Treadway said Kirst is fitting right in, getting his hands dirty and helping with all many tasks around the school. “Mr. Kirst is busy learning all he can about the community for his new role, and for his family as they transition to a new area. He is eager to learn and support teachers and parents as we all work together, encouraging our students to be their very best. He has been a dad, a coach, and a teacher so he knows what it takes to help kids succeed. I am happy to welcome him to our #RangerFamily!”