Meet the Principal

Carla Shipman, Principal

 I have worked in Buncombe County Schools my entire educational career. I began working as a Title I Assistant in 2000 at West Buncombe Elementary. After graduating from Mars Hill College in 2003, I began teaching here at Candler Elementary. While at Candler, I obtained my National Board Certification and an MA in Educational Leadership from Western Carolina University. I have also worked as a Title I Reading Specialist and BCS Instructional Coach. Prior to becoming Principal, I served as Assistant Principal of Emma Elementary and Candler Elementary. I am looking forward to continuing my work in the Erwin community as the Principal at Emma Elementary.

On a personal note, my husband and I have two boys that we adore. We are active members in the Erwin Community, where I have lived my entire life. 

As I work daily, I strive to fulfill my personal mission statement, “Every student, every day with all my heart!”. Thank you for sharing your children with us! Please feel free to contact me at or call the school at 828-232-4272.