• Our Administrative Team •

Karen Barnhill

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  • BS, Francis Marion University (Middle School)
  • MSA-School Administration, Western Carolina University
  • Currently Seeking Ed.D. (Educational Leadership), University of the Cumberlands

Administrative & Teaching Experience:

  • Assistant Principal, AC Reynolds Middle School (6 years)
  • Principal, Cane Creek Middle School (4 years)
  • Former Teacher in South Carolina (Math and ELA) and North Carolina (ELA)

A Note From the Principal…

Greetings Enka Middle School families!  I am so pleased to be the new Principal at Enka Middle School and look forward to establishing a WONDERFUL and COLLABORATIVE relationship with this outstanding staff and all of the community families.

My husband Sandy and I have lived in Enka-Candler since 2002 and truly love this beautiful  community.  Our two sons, Drake (8) and Easton (1 - 1/2), also love our home here, and we are extremely proud that both of them will be Buncombe County students, especially in the Enka District!

Please know that I have your child’s best interest at heart and plan to work with a highly qualified educational team to provide a safe, rigorous and engaging educational experience for these top notch students.  Every effort will be made to help mold these young folks into future contributing members of society so they can be competitive in a global-competitive world.

I look forward to serving the Enka community...Go JETS!!!!!


Karen Barnhill

Emily Gephart
Assistant Principal 

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I am so excited to be "coming home" to serve as Enka Middle's assistant principal. After graduating with my Bachelor's degree from Emory & Henry College, I had the privilege to begin my career as a classroom teacher in 2001 at this amazing school.  I spent fifteen years teaching language arts and social studies to sixth and seventh graders living in the Enka/Candler community.  Through the experiences I had in the classroom, I developed a true passion for teaching and learning and pursued my Master's degree in school administration at Western Carolina University.  As an assistant principal, I have had the pleasure to serve at both the elementary and high school levels.  I look forward to drawing on my varied experiences to further support this school community. 

If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out and contact me by phone (828) 670-5010 or email:  


Diane McEntire
Assistant Principal

If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out and contact me by phone (828) 670-5010 or email: