Dr. Melanie Shaver of McDowell County is the new Hyde County Schools superintendent.

The Hyde County Board of Education Monday night selected Dr. Melanie Shaver, principal of Foothills Community School, Marion, McDowell County, as the new superintendent of schools.

She is set to begin her new position July 1, according to a press release.

Dr. Shaver has been recognized as a proactive, innovative leader who focuses on teacher and student success. As a visionary leader, she has opened schools, increased enrollment and significantly improved student performance.

Because of her track record of successes, she has been selected as both Principal and Teacher of the Year in McDowell County.

Among her many honors, Shaver received state and national recognition for her work in both writing and implementing an internationally award-winning STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) middle school program. She also developed a program for vocational STEM careers for McDowell High School.

Shaver earned her Master of Arts degree in Science Education from East Carolina University in 2010. She earned an advanced degree (EdS) from East Carolina in 2018, and then completed her Masters in School Administration (MSA) degree from Gardner-Webb University in 2019. Shaver completed all requirements for her doctoral (EdD) degree from Gardner-Webb in August.

Shaver, her husband, a wildlife specialist, and school-age daughter are looking forward to establishing their residence in Hyde County and meeting its citizens. 

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