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Mint Hill
Middle School
11501 Idlewild Road
Matthews, NC 28105
Courier #: 455
P: 980-343-5439  |  F: 980-343-5442 
Principal: Steve Drye
LC: East Learning Community
Bell Schedule: 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM
Grades: 6-8
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  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.
 

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