Principal Keith Recker                                                                                               Jessie Gravel

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 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.  

Mrs. Gravel joins Drexel Elementary School as the assistant principal. She is a Burke County native and graduated from East Burke High School. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill and taught French for five years in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. Mrs. Gravel obtained her Masters in School Administration from UNC-Charlotte as a North Carolina Principal Fellow. She resides in Valdese with her husband, Jack, and two sons, Luke and Graham.