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 [email protected] or call the school at 828-232-4272.