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Meet The Principal

Meet the Principal

I am a Mountaineer at heart... a West Virginia Mountaineer that is! I was born and raised in WV, where my family continues to live. My husband and I made North Carolina our home in 2002. I live in Newton with my husband Jason and children Phineas and Emerson. I am beginning my 16th year in education, the last nine of those being spent in Newton Conover.  
You may contact me at 828-464-4061 or by email at

Principal’s Message

Welcome to the South Newton family! As we begin a new school year, our focus of improving instruction in all areas for all students will continue to be at the heart of all we do. We will honor and value the individual talents of your child and promote the development of leadership skills that will serve your child for a lifetime through the implementation of our, “Leader In Me,” Program. Your child’s years at South Newton Elementary School will be positive and will be the foundation for an excellent education as well as many meaningful memories. Incorporating The Leader in Me practices within our school’s environment and curriculum will help our students become even more ready to succeed in the 21st Century, with critical skills and characteristics such as: trustworthiness, a strong work ethic, motivation, problem-solving skills, goal setting, effective interpersonal skills, a sense of teamwork, academic achievement and valuing diversity in a global market. By developing the WHOLE child-- socially, emotionally, academically and ethically, we will foster a school climate that promotes everyday greatness!
The Leader in Me was first implemented at AB Combs Elementary in Raleigh, NC in 1999 and since has expanded to more than 1500 schools worldwide. Schools who have experienced success with the leadership model share that parental support at home is crucial. How can you support our efforts? Simply use the same language. By hearing the same language at home and at school, we send a strong message of what we believe is important and that we are on the same team – the team that wants students to be successful. When parents and schools work together, the sky is the limit!
Habit 1: Be Proactive (You’re in Charge)
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind (Have a Plan)
Habit 3: Put First Things First (Work First, Then Play)
Habit 4: Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win)
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood (Listen Before you Talk)
Habit 6: Synergize (Together is Better)
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw (Balance Feels Best).
For parent resources or to learn more about South Newton’s Leadership model, visit
Once again, welcome to South Newton Elementary School. We look forward to a year of learning, leading, and growing that will enable our children to do and be their best.

Amber Humphrey, Principal