All About Mr. Drye
I am a native Charlottean and lifelong resident of Charlotte. I grew up on the east side of Charlotte near Sharon Amity and attended CMS schools as a student. After beginning my education at Villa Heights, I moved on to Windsor Park Elementary for 3rd through 6th grade before attending Eastway Junior High School for three years. I graduated from Garinger High School in 1986.
Although I had always enjoyed every subject as a student and loved going to school, I never really considered becoming a teacher. While my own teachers made school a fun and exciting place, they had encouraged me to become a doctor and I enrolled at UNC-Charlotte to study Biology. As was the case throughout my schooling in CMS, I once again thoroughly enjoyed all subjects as a student; however, by the time I earned my Bachelors of Science Degree in May of 1990, I had decided that I did not want to become a doctor as my own experiences in hospitals with loved ones made me question whether I would be happy working in such an environment.
So I went to work for a few months in a "9 to 5" job unrelated to any future aspirations and really deliberated on what I wanted to do. I spent the next summer working with rising first graders at a Harris YMCA Summer Day Camp located on the campus of Myers Park Traditional Elementary School before moving to Chapel Hill to briefly attend Carolina School of Law. Although I had committed to a career choice, my deliberations concerning that choice continued and it only took me a little longer to realize that my true calling was being an educator. As a result, I moved back to Charlotte and enrolled in UNC-Charlotte to earn my K-6 Teaching Certification.
Since completing my certification work at the university, I have been affiliated with and employed by CMS in several capacities. I student taught 4th grade at Hickory Grove Elementary before completing a 4th grade interim assignment at Bain Elementary where I met my wife. I returned to Hickory Grove Elementary to teach 3rd grade before entering into the North Carolina Principals Fellows Program (Cohort V) to become a school administrator, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with my Masters in School Administration in May 2000. Since then, I have been an Assistant Principal at Legette Blythe Elementary in Huntersville as well as Mallard Creek Elementary. I was Principal at Steele Creek for four years and opened Elon Park Elementary in 2007. After four years at Elon Park, I have spent the past 3 years as principal at Mint Hill Middle since coming here in November of 2011.
With regards to my personal life, I married into a family of educators. My wife of 18 years this July 6th taught 4th and 6th grade before becoming a Talent Development Teacher. She is currently a Literacy Facilitator. My mother-in-law was a CMS teacher for 28 years, my sister-in-law is a Literacy Facilitator, and my brother-in-law is a High School English Teacher. We have lots of stories to share at dinner on Friday nights! I am the proud dad of two children in CMS as I have a 9th grader at Independence and a 5th grader at Bain. Our pets, Bear and Lopez, round out the Drye household.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids. My son plays baseball and my daughter enjoys dance, playing the piano, and art. I like to read, exercise, and play guitar.