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Principal’s Message

Principal, Amy Dowdle
Welcome to West Marion Elementary, home of the Panthers! We are a hard working community that believes in high expectations for all. I am proud and honored to serve as the principal here at West Marion Elementary. I believe that our students are capable of greatness and together we can make a huge impact on the world around us. Our school relies on outstanding participation from our community, so make sure that you are part of the solution by being an active member in our volunteer programs offered throughout our county. 
 
I am proud to say that I am a product of McDowell County Schools. After graduating McDowell High School, I attended Appalachian State University where I obtained my graduate and undergraduate degrees. I began my teaching career at Glenwood Elementary. I taught third and fourth grade, served as the AIG Specialist, Testing Coordinator, and Parent and Community Involvement Coordinator. I also coached cheerleading at MHS for 4 years.  In 2010, I became the interim Director of Testing and Accountability for McDowell County Schools and return to Glenwood as the Principal in March of 2011. This will be my first year serving as the principal of West Marion Elementary.
 
I have been married to my husband Josh for 17 years and we have 3 beautiful children, Jackson, Cora, and Justice. I am so excited to start this new adventure here at West Marion Elementary!! I believe that by working together we can accomplish anything!!