Jeanann Yates

Jeanann YatesPrincipal

It is with a tremendous amount of excitement that I would like to introduce myself as the new principal of Hominy Valley Elementary School! I have always heard great things about this wonderful school, and I am already seeing first-hand many of the attributes that have contributed to Hominy’s stellar reputation! I have been meeting with teachers and staff and am most impressed with such knowledgeable and dedicated educators. In addition, I have heard great things about the students, parents, community, PTO, etc. As a result, I am honored to be chosen to lead this outstanding school with such a rich tradition of excellence!

I am entering my twenty-first year in education. I am a former Title I teacher, fourth-grade teacher, curriculum coach, and assistant principal before becoming a principal six years ago. I was the principal at Pisgah Elementary School for five years and a principal in Haywood County for one year. I love what I do and cannot imagine doing anything else! Working with students, teachers, staff, and parents is important to me. I believe that it is essential to address the student’s social and emotional health and believe that their safety is of utmost importance. I look forward to building strong relationships and continuing the path of academic excellence, rigorous instruction, and fostering nurturing learning environments that have been a priority at Hominy Valley!

On a personal note, I have been married to my high school sweetheart for thirty-three years this August. We have one son, a daughter-in-law, and a new granddaughter! She is two months old, and my husband and I are quite smitten! We love to spend time outdoors with our family, especially at our house on Douglas Lake. I love to read and consider myself a lifelong learner. As a former Title I teacher, reading is a passion, and it has always been my desire as an educator to build that same excitement and love for reading with my students.

I have an open-door policy. If you ever have issues or concerns, feel free to contact me. You are your child’s first and foremost advocate, and I strongly believe that when educators and parents communicate, children are the ultimate benefactors! I look forward to meeting you and partnering together to ensure that your child has a successful school year!

Cindy Newman

Cindy NewmanAssistant Principal

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! I am very grateful to be a part of the Hominy Valley Elementary community. The staff, students, and families are so warm and welcoming. This school demonstrates their commitment to the SPORT motto daily. It is evident in the ways students and staff show respect and care for each other. Hominy Valley is known for having the highest academic and behavioral expectations for their students. I am working closely with Mrs. Yates and the staff to promote those high standards so all students become lifelong learners.

I retired from Assistant Principal at Sand Hill-Venable in June 2019. Before that time, I was a Lead Title 1 Reading Specialist and Exceptional Children's teacher. My husband and I have 2 grown sons and 2 wonderful daughter-in-laws. We also have 2 wonderful grandchildren-Gray and Mila. They live in Texas so we do not get to see them nearly enough!! I enjoy walking outside, reading a good book sitting on the beach and playing with our Bernedoodle, Maggie.

Please feel free to contact me at (828) 665-0619 or if I can assist you in any way.