"Newton-Conover City Schools is excited to announce that Mr. Jonathan Tharpe has been approved by the Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education as Principal of Shuford Elementary School. Mr. Tharpe worked for 11 years in Newton-Conover City Schools as an elementary teacher and basketball coach. After working as an assistant principal at Claremont Elementary School and Blackburn Elementary School for 6 years, Mr. Tharpe returned one year ago to assume the position of assistant principal at South Newton Elementary School (a role that Mr. Tharpe will continue to hold until he transitions into his new role in mid/late October).

He holds an administrative certificate from Gardner-Webb University, a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University. He was also recognized as the Assistant Principal/Instructional Coach of the Year, last year for the Newton-City School System.

Dr. Gabriel states: “Jonathan Tharpe has been a part of the Newton-Conover City Schools family for a number of years. He is a graduate of Newton-Conover High School and began his elementary school teaching career in our system. He is committed to building upon the tradition of excellence that Shuford Elementary School enjoys. We look forward to seeing the school continue to flourish under his leadership.”

Mr. Tharpe shares: “Shuford Elementary is a special place. The tradition of academic excellence, family atmosphere, and student success has been a staple in the Conover community and our school system. I am excited and extremely grateful to be joining a staff dedicated to serving students, their families, and the community.”

Mr. Tharpe is married to Katie Tharpe, a teacher at Mill Creek Middle School, and has a daughter, Koley Tharpe. Mr. Tharpe looks forward to getting to know the Shuford Elementary School community in the coming days."

Hello Shuford Families!

I am honored to have been named the new principal of Shuford Elementary. I look forward to serving your children, our staff, and working with our families to continue the success Shuford exemplifies.  Please know we can not do it without you. 

I am excited to get started and want you to know that your student(s) will be loved every day. We will connect with them and inspire them to be successful in and out of the school building. 

Over the next few weeks, I will be transitioning from my role at South Newton to Shuford and will be on campus some and look forward to meeting your students. Thank you for your support and remember it's a great day to be a Shuford Owl!!

- Mr. Tharpe