Principal Gardner Bridges   

This is my twenty-third year in Buncombe County Schools and my first year as the Principal of Weaverville Primary School. I am a graduate of Clyde A. Erwin High and Western Carolina University where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Reading.  I received two Master’s Degrees in Elementary Education/Reading and in School Administration from Western Carolina University. I began my Doctorate in Educational Leadership in December of 2006 from Western Carolina.


As a former kindergarten teacher, I am honored to be able to serve as principal of Weaverville Primary. I will have the pleasure of working with dedicated individuals who strive to assist with the development of the "whole" child. I would like to personally invite you to visit us to get a firsthand experience of all the wonderful things that take place in our educational institution.  


I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina in Buncombe County and currently live in the beautiful community of Leicester with my wife, Cissy. I began my career in Buncombe County 23 years ago, teaching at Glen Arden Elementary School.  My administrative career began at Sand Hill – Venable Elementary School as Assistant Principal.  In August of 2003, I was appointed Principal of Johnston Elementary School, where I spent 8 years and was at Clyde A. Erwin Middle School for 1 year.  The last 3 years I have spent at Joe P. Eblen Intermediate School. 


Parents and families are welcome to contact me at school or email me at  
I am proud to be a North Buncombe Black Hawk!


Gardner M. Bridges

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