Broughton High School Administration
Dr. Elena Ashburn, Principal
Elena Ashburn was appointed principal of Needham B. Broughton High School in 2017. Dr. Ashburn grew up in southern Virginia and attended Longwood University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's of English and minor in Spanish. After college, Dr. Ashburn joined Teach For America and began her career as an English teacher at Southern Durham High School. Dr. Ashburn earned a Master's of School Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her principal internship at Holly Ridge Middle School.
After serving as an assistant principal at Fuquay-Varina High School, Dr. Ashburn became principal of East Garner Magnet Middle School in 2014. At East Garner, Dr. Ashburn led the school in significantly improving student achievement outcomes, including exceeding expected growth targets for the first time in the school's history and moving the school out of the state-sanctioned low-performing status in 2016.
At Broughton, Dr. Ashburn leads the Leadership Team and school community in implementation of the Broughton Five Year Strategic Plan, which was created over the course of a full year in 2017. Since implementation, the team has led in affecting meaningful change, including achieveing the highest student graduation rate in Broughton's history, increasing 9th grade promotion rate by nearly 50%, and improving teacher retention to its highest rate, with an improvement of nearly 70%.
Dr. Ashburn earned a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018 and was awarded the Michael Priddy Family Leadership Scholarship & Award for aspiring superintendents from the UNC School of Education the same year. Her dissertation research examined the underrepresentation of women in the superintendency, and in 2019, her research was presented at the annual global Women Leading Education conference in England. In addition to the principalship, Dr. Ashburn serves as a leadership coach for Magnet Schools of America, helping school leaders throughout the country implement magnet school programming in their schools and districts. In 2020, Dr. Ashburn was named the WCPSS Principal of the Year, the North Carolina North Central Region Principal of the Year, and one of eight finalists for North Carolina State Principal of the Year.
Dr. Ashburn is humbled by the opportunity to serve as principal in her own community and believes the goal of school leadership is to work alongside the community in raising great kids. She is married to Matt, a 2000 Broughton graduate and a United Methodist pastor, and together they are the proud parents of three young children.
Mr. David Cassady, Assistant Principal
David Cassady became an Assistant Principal at Needham B. Broughton High School in 2017. Mr. Cassady grew up in Northern Virginia and later attended Campbell University as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. He graduated from Campbell with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English and Secondary Education. While teaching English at Fuquay-Varina High School, Mr. Cassady earned his Master’s of School Administration from Campbell University and completed his tenure at Fuquay-Varina High as a principal intern. Mr. Cassady is thrilled to work with Broughton’s outstanding faculty and students, and he looks forward to serving its community as an assistant principal. He and his wife are the parents of two wonderful children.
Ms. Brenda Harrell, Assistant Principal
Brenda Harrell has devoted more than 25 years in education. Her experiences range from elementary, middle and high school. During her career she’s had the privilege of working in several capacities such as: Principal of a private high school, Assistant Principal of a private k-8, Assistant Principal at a middle in the Durham Public School System for several years, an educational liaison, and teacher of middle and high school English, Social Studies, Science, and Math. In addition, Ms. Harrell has served as an Exceptional Children’s Facilitator and as a cooperating teacher. Ms. Harrell has a heart for all students and is tenacious in supporting teachers and students to assist in accomplishing her philosophy which is that every child can learn, they are conceived with destiny, born with a purpose and packaged with potential. Currently, Mrs. Harrell is starting her 5th year as an Assistant Principal at Broughton High School. Ms. Harrell has a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Special Education and School Administration.
Mr. Michael Lentz, Assistant Principal
Mike Lentz became an assistant principal at Needham B. Broughton High School in 2006. Mr. Lentz grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Slippery Rock State University, where he graduated with Bachelor's of Science degrees in Geography, Social Studies, and Secondary Education. After college, Mr. Lentz joined the United States Marine Corps and served on active duty for nearly 12 years before transferring to the Marine Corps Reserve. His thirty plus years of association with the Marine Corps included tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He began his teaching career as a Social Studies teacher at Apex High School in 1995. Mr. Lentz earned a Master's of School Administration at the Campbell University and finished his tenure at Apex High School as a principal intern. Mr. Lentz has served as a high school assistant principal within the Wake County Public School System since 1998, working at East Wake High School prior to his joining the Broughton High School staff.
Mr. Michael Ludwick, Assistant Principal
Mike Ludwick begins his thirty second year serving Wake County Schools and their students. In addition to his current role as Assistant Principal, Mr. Ludwick has served as a Social Studies teacher and Paideia teacher as well as coaching soccer and cross country. Moreover, he supported new teachers by acting as a mentor teacher to beginning teachers and as a cooperating teacher for student teachers. Throughout his time he has received nineteen letters of commendation from Wake County Schools.
Mr. Michael MacGovern, Assistant Principal
Michael MacGovern graduated from the University of Akron in Ohio with a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education. He received a Master's Degree in Special Education at East Carolina University is a National Board Certified Teacher, and received a Master's of School Administration Degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He taught for nine years at New Hanover High School in Wilmington, NC and coached JV/Varsity football for 12 years in Ohio and North Carolina. Mr. MacGovern served as an Administrative Intern at Murrayville Elementary School and North Garner Middle School and as an Assistant Principal at East Garner Magnet Middle School. Mr. MacGovern is a proud parent of a daughter named Quinn. Mr. MacGovern is proud to be a Cap!
Officer Michael Foran
Officer Foran is a Senior Raleigh Police Officer who is assigned to Broughton High School as the School Resource Officer. Officer Foran grew up in central New Jersey and began his law enforcement career in 2005. In 2009, he moved with his wife to Raleigh and began training at the Raleigh Police Academy. After graduating from the Academy, he was assigned to the Downtown District for five years. In 2014, he graduated from the North Carolina Justice Academy's School Resource Program and became a School Resource Officer at Wakefield High School. In May 2015, Officer Foran was officially assigned to Broughton High School. Officer Foran works hard every day to ensure that the students of Broughton are safe and to improve school security. He teaches classes on issues such as drugs, gangs, safety, and driving laws, and also engages in discussions about police actions and perceptions of Law Enforcement in the community. Officer Foran was recipient of the August, 2018 NCHSAA Hometown Hero Award for his dedication and service to students, staff, and the community at Broughton High School.