Glen Alpine Elementary

Caroline Howard, Principal

Greetings Families! 

I am excited to spend another year with our students and families as the principal of Glen Alpine Elementary School. I continue to welcome the opportunity to serve the Glen Alpine learning and teaching community, as well as work with the dynamic staff, dedicated parents and involved community members. Most of all, I look forward to another year of working with our students and continuing the outstanding work at Glen Alpine Elementary School! 

I come to Glen Alpine with several years of teaching experience at the elementary and middle school levels. I became an educator because I enjoyed working with children, and I wanted to leave a positive, lasting impact on their lives. While teaching, I realized that I wanted to be able to help more students than just who I had in my classroom. So, I went on to obtain my administration licensure. Since then, I have served as an Assistant Principal at both Table Rock Middle School and Freedom High School. I believe that as educators, we have a duty to not only prepare our students academically for the next steps in their career, but we also have to give them the tools that they need to succeed as productive members of society.

As part of my regular routine during the school year, you will find me out and about on campus during morning arrivals, afternoon dismissals, and throughout the day. Please feel free to contact me at anytime with questions or concerns about your student or the school. Communication between the school and home is key to the success of our students. Please make sure that you check your child’s planner nightly for information about what is going on in their classroom. 


Caroline Howard 


Glen Alpine Elementary School  

Dear Glen Alpine 

My name is Jessie Gravel and I am so excited to serve as the new assistant principal at Glen Alpine Elementary School! Glen Alpine is a special community and I can't wait to meet you and your students soon.

I am a Burke County native and graduated from East Burke High School. After attending UNC-Chapel Hill, I taught French for five years at the middle school level in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. Last year, I was the full time principal intern at Oakhurst STEAM Academy in CMS which is a K-5 elementary school. In May, I graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a Masters in School Administration as a NC Principal Fellow. 

I am honored to begin this new chapter of my career at Glen Alpine, and I look forward to working with you this year as we strive to ensure the success of all of our students. 

Jessie Gravel