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Mr. Rod Stanton, Principal

Rod Stanton grew up in a small town south of Buffalo, New York where he earned a degree in business management before getting his bachelor's degree in elementary education at a State University of New York. After beginning his educational career in western New York, he decided to move away from the snow and chose Raleigh where he had several friends and relatives. Mr. Stanton earned his master's degree in school administration at UNC, Chapel Hill. After teaching 3rd grade for several years at Davis Drive Elementary, Mr. Stanton made his first stop at Cary Elementary as an administrative intern. After serving as the assistant principal at Lincoln Heights Elementary in Fuquay-Varina, he returned to Cary Elementary as the principal in January of 2004.

Mr. Stanton enjoys participating in sports including his current involvement in triathlons. You may even pass him out on the roads cycling or early in the mornings running near his home in Holly Springs, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

When not exercising, Mr. Stanton enjoys wake boarding, working in the yard, and spending time with his family. He is also involved at his church, and thinks Cary Elementary is a very special place.

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Mrs. Stacey Beard, Assistant Principal

Dear Cary Elementary School Families, March 15, 2022

Last night, during the WCPSS Board Meeting, I was appointed the new Assistant Principal at Cary Elementary School. I am thrilled to join your community and am eager to meet you and your child(ren) soon.

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am originally from upstate New York but have lived in the Raleigh area since 1995. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from State University of New York at Oneonta. In May, I will graduate with my master’s degree in School Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill. I have 21 years of teaching experience in WCPSS as a classroom teacher (18 years) and an intervention teacher (3 years). I taught at Adams Elementary, Dillard Drive Elementary, Lincoln Heights Elementary, and most recently, Willow Springs Elementary. I love being an educator and working with students, staff, and families to have a positive impact on students’ lives.

I have been married to my husband for almost 24 years. We have 3 children. Our older daughter is 21 and a junior at UNC Charlotte, our son is 20 and finishing his associate degree at Wake Tech, and our younger daughter is 16 and a junior at Fuquay Varina High School. We also have 3 dogs. In my free time, I love to exercise, read books, and spend time with my family.

My years as a classroom teacher taught me the value of building a partnership between school and families. This partnership is a crucial component to ensure students have a positive experience while in school. I would like for students at Cary Elementary to enjoy coming to school, to learn, and to feel successful every day.

I look forward to meeting and partnering with you soon!