Dear Ray Childers families,

I am excited to begin the 2019-2020 school year as your principal for the third year.  This school year will start my 16th year as a Burke County Public School educator and my 8th year as an administrator in Burke County. Previously, I served as the principal at Heritage Middle School. Prior to my time at Heritage, I taught 8th grade math and science at Liberty Middle School. I am an Appalachian State graduate along with a University of North Carolina at Greensboro Teaching Fellow graduate. As a Burke County native, my husband and I chose to raise our children, Greysen and Alana, in our beautiful county. 

I am dedicated to serve and support the students and families of Burke County Public Schools. Our mission at Ray Childers is that all students deserve to learn in a place where the staff is devoted to inspiring lifelong learning through a nurturing environment while meeting the needs of each child. To accomplish this mission, we will set high expectations for our students and each other, to work collaboratively with parents and the community. Our focus is to provide a rigorous environment that will empower students to become innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers, inspired learners, and good citizens. This focus prepares our students to equip themselves with the skills to be successful in a global community.

If there is any way that I can serve you, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can reach me at or via phone at (828) 324-1340. 


Heidi Bristol

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