Principal Keith Recker                                                                                                           Carla Efird

July 1st, 2017

Dear DES Families,

It is with great honor and excitement that I introduce myself, Keith Recker, as the new Principal at Drexel Elementary.  As most know, I served the families of Drexel Elementary as the assistant principal for the 2016-2017 school year.  My passion for educating and supporting the success of all students has been shaped over the past nine years as a physical education teacher, coach, athletic director, and assistant principal.  In each of my roles, I have sought to ensure the success of each student and the school by providing the best instructional and extracurricular opportunities and supports possible.  Similarly, it is my number one priority at DES to ensure that every student receives the most well-rounded education possible.  

A well-rounded education means outstanding instruction from top-notch teachers, as well as extra-curricular opportunities and support that enable students to develop character, cultivate passions, and explore outside the classroom.  As the principal at DES, I am committed to ensuring that the students’ needs and interests help shape instruction and extracurricular opportunities.  Through this commitment to learning, I am excited to see students engaged in lessons, participating in the many clubs at DES, or exploring any other areas that piques student interest and passion.

Most importantly, an excellent education is not possible without great teamwork and communication.  Together, we will provide the best educational experience for students at Drexel Elementary.  Education is a partnership between the school, students, parent/guardians, and community.  All students achieve greater success when we work as a team to provide a safe and nurturing environment, centered on student needs.  

I look forward to a great year ahead of us!  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, and ideas that you would like to discuss.  

Kind regards,

Mr. Keith Recker


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.