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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: Southeast
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. My own teachers made school a fun and exciting place and had encouraged me to become a doctor due to my love of science, so I enrolled at UNC-Charlotte. Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed all subjects as as 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 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 attend the 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 and employed by CMS in many 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 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 in Huntersville as well as Mallard Creek Elementary. I was Principal at Steele Creek from 2003 – 2007 and open Elon Park Elementary in the Ballantyne area. After 4 years at Elon Park, I came to Mint Hill Middle in November of 2011.

     With regards to my personal life, I married into a family of educators. My wife of 21 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 Principal, 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 Senior at Independence and a 8th grader at Mint Hill. Our pets, Bear and Lopez, round out the Drye household.

     In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids. I like to read, exercise, and play guitar.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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