Mr. Burt Batten



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Mr. Burt Batten

Greetings Families!  My name is Burt Batten and I am excited to serve you and your child as Principal of Pleasant Grove Elementary school.

Twelve years ago, I began my work in school leadership at nearby Brier Creek Elementary.  After working as an adminstrator at year round schools in Wake County from 2008 to 2016 I was excited to receive the appointment to open Pleasant Grove Elementary and to support your child's learning.

I am a life-long resident of North Carolina and come from a family of educators.  I completed my undergraduate degree at NC State and have graduate degrees from Wake Forest University and UNC-Chapel Hill.  I am proud to be both a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow. I have worked for Wake County Schools since 1999 as a teacher and administrator.  My wife also works for the district as a teacher at Leesville Road High School.  We have two young children, ages 11 and 8.

My goal is to make Pleasant Grove a wonderful school for your child.  The years young students spend in elementary school are marked by dramatic transformations that are nothing short of heroic! Too often, the significance of what it can mean to learn something new, to understand how to work with peers, to face up to a challenge, to master a skill, or to complete a task independently for the first time can be miniaturized when looked at through the eyes of an adult. The smiles and excitement that kids show on their faces say it all.  With this in mind, I hope to provide your child with an enriching learning environment across all grades Pre K-5.

I look forward to showcasing the outstanding creativity and character demonstrated by students using this website and other activities. Please let me know if I can assist you with any concern or question for your child. You can email me at