• 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


Diane McEntire
Assistant Principal 



Steven Molinari
Assistant Principal 

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I have had the pleasure of being part of Enka Middle School since January 2013. Before coming to Enka I worked as an administrator with Asheville High School, Instructional Technology Facilitator with Granville County, Content Specialist with NC Department of Public Instruction, Test Developer with NC State University, and classroom teacher.  I hold a Bachelors degree from Appalachian State and a Masters degree from NC State University.
My responsibilities include seventh grade student discipline and scheduling.  I'm looking forward to working with your students this school year.  Please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns about Enka Middle.