Principal Karen Auton                                                              Assistant Principal Keith Recker 

Thank you for welcoming me to Drexel Elementary School as your new principal. I have been a part of the Drexel Wolverine Family for the past three years as a parent.  Both of my daughters, Ally, 8, and Macy, 6, attend Drexel Elementary School.  I taught both first grade and fifth grade at Rutherford College Elementary before entering the administration field as an assistant principal at Draughn High School.  After two years at the high school level, I transitioned into the principalship as the principal at Ray Childers Elementary School. It was my pleasure to serve the families of the Childers Community for two years before coming to Drexel.

I have a passion for elementary education and believe that with a solid educational foundation, our students will experience success, both academically and socially in a globally competitive world.

My husband, Matt, and I have been married for 10 years and have called Drexel our home for those 10 years. He has served the Town of Drexel for the past 13 years as a police officer.  Needless to say, we both have close ties to this town and community and feel vested in our commitment to serving the families of Drexel.  

I am very excited to meet you and your children. Please never hesitate to call or drop by if you have questions or concerns. I look forward to partnering with you to provide an optimal educational experience for your children. 

The 2016-2017 school year marks my 9th year in education.  This year will be my first year serving as assistant principal at Drexel Elementary, while I previously served as assistant principal at East Burke Middle School.  Before moving into administration, I taught physical education at Newton-Conover Middle School, where I also served as athletic director and coached both football and wrestling. 


My wife and I are originally from Michigan but have lived in North Carolina for the last 8 years.  I received my undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University in 2008 and my graduate degree from Gardner-Webb University in 2015.  I enjoy serving at my church, hunting, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.