Principal Keith Recker                                                                                               Carla Efird

Mr. Recker became principal at DES in 2017 after serving as an Assistant Principal for the school.  Prior to joining Drexel Elementary School, Mr. Recker served as Assistant Principal at East Burke Middle School.  Mr. Recker taught Physical Education and Healthful Living at Newton-Conover Middle School, where he also served as the Head Football Coach, Wrestling Coach, and Athletic Director.  Originally from Central Michigan, Mr. Recker graduated from Central Michigan University and moved to to North Carolina to teach at NCMS.  During his time at NCMS, he earned his Master Degree in Executive Leadership.  Mr. Recker lives in Newton with his wife Christina, who is an elementary teacher.  

Carla Efird joins Drexel Elementary School as our Assistant Principal. She is a native of Burke County and received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She worked for BCPS as an elementary physical education teacher for 15 years and earned her Master's Degree in Administration from Appalachian State University. She previously taught biology and physical education in Guilford County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg school systems. Mrs. Efird has served as an Assistant Principal for the last four years at Heritage Middle and Salem Elementary. She resides in Icard with her husband and they have two adult children and two grandchildren.