Principal's Message

  • Welcome to River Bend Elementary.  I am excited and humble to serve our school and community with the goal of making our students prepared to graduate college & workforce ready. To accomplish this, I will work collaboratively with parents and community stakeholders to provide our students with a high level of education that is built on a foundation of relationships and rigorous learning.  My goal for  River Bend ES is to create an environment where students are empowered to discover their strengths and to achieve their maximum potential for excellence, academically, socially, and emotionally in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Since Covid 19 has impacted all our lives, it is critical we work as a collaborative family unit to support our students emotionally and academically.  To be #RBEStrong means our admin team, staff and community are essential to the success of our students.  

    Gary Major, Principal 


    Bienvenidos a la escuela primaria River Bend. Estoy emocionado y humilde de servir a nuestra escuela y comunidad con el objetivo de preparar a nuestros estudiantes para graduarse de la universidad y listos para la fuerza laboral. Para lograr esto, trabajaré en colaboración con los padres y las partes interesadas de la comunidad para brindarles a nuestros estudiantes un alto nivel de educación que se construya sobre una base de relaciones y un aprendizaje riguroso. Mi objetivo para River Bend ES es crear un entorno en el que los estudiantes estén empoderados para descubrir sus puntos fuertes y alcanzar su máximo potencial de excelencia académica, social y emocional en un ambiente seguro y de apoyo. Dado que Covid 19 ha impactado todas nuestras vidas, es fundamental que trabajemos como una unidad familiar colaborativa para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes emocional y académicamente. Ser #RBEStrong significa que nuestro equipo administrativo, el personal y la comunidad son esenciales para el éxito de nuestros estudiantes.

    Gary Major, director

Assistant Principal's Message


    My name is Audrey Pierce. I am the daughter of the late George & Lillian Pierce. I was born in Brooklyn, NY but raised in Whiteville, NC. I was the first in my immediate family to graduate from high school. My parents taught me the value of hard work, discipline and to treat others the way that I want to be treated. I am a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, NC A& T and East Carolina. I am a former National Board-Certified teacher with 28 years of experience. I have two sons, Amari and Javier, one daughter, Austin, and a step-son, Bryon. 

    I love watching sports with my sons and shopping with my daughter. I am a huge Pittsburgh Steelers and UNC Tarheels fan. My favorite past times are to go to the beach, take photos and shop! Some of my favorite foods are crab legs, chocolate, and lasagna! Some of my favorite things are candles, shoes, and jewelry! I love working at River Bend Elementary School. It is a place where students are expected to do their best, and they feel loved & supported by staff, families and the community. I feel very blessed to be a part of the "Beaver" family.