Broughton High School Administration
2017-1018 School Year
Mrs. Elena Ashburn, Principal
Elena Ashburn became Principal of Needham B. Broughton High School in 2017. Mrs. Ashburn grew up in southern Virginia and attended Longwood University, where she graduated with a Bachelor's of English and minor in Spanish. After college, Mrs. Ashburn joined Teach For America and began her teaching career as an English teacher at Southern Durham High School. Mrs. 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 a high school assistant principal at Fuquay-Varina High School, Mrs. Ashburn became principal of East Garner Magnet Middle School in 2014 prior to her appointment at BHS. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mrs. Ashburn is humbled by the opportunity to serve as principal in her own community, and she looks forward to leading alongside the exceptional faculty at Broughton. She is married to Matt, a Broughton graduate and a United Methodist pastor. Matt and Elena are the very proud parents of two girls, Lucy and Reeves.
Mr. 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. His wife, Quinn, is an elementary school teacher and they are the parents of a wonderful daughter, Lena.
Ms. 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. 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. 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. 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 married to Paige MacGovern who teaches Theatre Arts at Fuquay-Varina High School and they are proud parents of a daughter named Quinn. The MacGoverns are proud to be a part of the Broughton Family. Go Caps!