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Mrs. Merrie Conaway
Since 2005, I have had the honor of being a Principal with Guilford County Schools! I am in my ninth year as Principal at Foust. My favorite thing about being Principal is spending time in classrooms watching our students and teachers working together to make learning fun and exciting. I love working with students, teachers, parents, and families to make our school the very best it can be!
How did I end up becoming a Principal? I am originally from Gastonia, North Carolina, but lived in Georgia and Florida before my family settled in High Point, NC. After graduating from Southwest Guilford High School, I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (GO HEELS) and graduated with a degree in Psychology. After waitressing and substitute teaching for a while, I realized that education was my calling (my mother—a teacher—had tried to tell me this, but I refused to listen). I returned to Chapel Hill to get my Master of Education degree. I worked as a school counselor at Grimsley High School for several years and loved helping students navigate their teen years and become successful adults. My desire to make sure that every student receives the education necessary to enter the college or career of their choice led me into the field of school administration. I was awarded the North Carolina Principal Fellows scholarship and earned my Master of School Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I interned at Morehead Elementary and discovered that I LOVED elementary school!
What do I enjoy doing when I’m not at Foust? I LOVE spending time with my family! My husband, Kevin, is a Principal in GCS, too. He works at Southeast Middle School. We have three children, Charlie (12), Maggie (11), and Thomas (7). Our favorite thing to do together is read stories before bedtime (we love Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom). We have a dog named Franklin, and two parakeets named Luke and Leia. In the little time that’s left after family and school, I also love cooking, seeing friends and extended family, and reading.