Alleghany County School Board Names Clifton Middle School Principal

Alleghany County School Board Names Clifton Middle School Principal

 CMS Principal Mrs. Sarah Rowe
 Mrs. Sarah Rowe, CMS Principal

      The Alleghany County School Board has appointed Mrs. Sarah Rowe to serve as the principal at Clifton Middle School effective July 1, 2017.

      Mrs. Rowe was born in Bath County and a product of the Bath County School System.  After leaving Bath County, she graduated from Mary Baldwin College in the spring of 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Elementary Education.  She began her teaching career spending four years teaching fourth and fifth grade in inner city Charlotte/Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina. Charlotte is also where she met her husband Jason, with whom she has been married for 17 years.

      In 2001, Mrs. Rowe moved to the Roanoke City Schools where she taught fourth through seventh grade in math and science.  In 2008, she completed her Master’s Degree in Education in Administration and Supervision through the University of Virginia. Mrs. Rowe became an assistant principal with Roanoke City Public Schools for the next three years at Woodrow Wilson Middle School.

      As the saying goes, “You can take the girl out of the mountains, but you can’t take the mountains out of the girl,” says Mrs. Rowe. In 2011, she accepted the principal position of Bath County High School and director of Mertz Career and Technical Center.  She has remained in this position over the past six years leading the school to full accreditation. 

      When asked about her appointment, Mrs. Rowe stated, “These experiences have lead me to this opportunity. I am grateful for the faith that Mr. Kotulka, Mr. Vaughan, and the staff on the interview panel have in me and I look forward to working as a team to meet these expectations.”

      “We are excited that Mrs. Rowe has decided to join our Alleghany family.  She has a wealth of experience, demonstrated success, and the ability to build a strong team at Clifton Middle School,” Alleghany County School Superintendent Gene Kotulka remarked.  “Mrs. Rowe believes in her teachers and staff, is student centered and is very enthusiastic.  We are glad that she will be part of our team.”