LOW MOOR — Karen Staunton has been appointed principal of Alleghany High School.

The appointment, approved by the Alleghany County School Board Monday night, became effective Feb. 16.

Staunton had been serving as principal in an interim capacity since Dwayne Ross was appointed director of secondary education on Jan. 20.

Staunton has worked for Alleghany County Public Schools for 15 years, and she served under Ross as an assistant principal.

Staunton graduated from Covington High School and continued her education at Virginia Tech and Radford University.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies/Public Relations from Virginia Tech in 1992. Staunton received master’s degrees in Library Media Science from Radford University in 2007 and Educational Leadership from Radford University in 2013.

Staunton began her career with Alleghany County schools as a library media specialist at Boiling Spring Elementary School from 2006-2012. She served as the library media specialist from 2012-2016 at Alleghany High School.

From 2016-2018, Staunton served as an assistant principal at Mountain View Elementary School. In 2018, she returned to Alleghany High School as an assistant principal/athletic director for one year before moving to the position of assistant principal.

“Mrs. Staunton has shown her leadership ability in a variety of manners while employed with Alleghany County Public Schools, from librarian and testing coordinator, to elementary/secondary assistant principal and now principal at AHS,” said Sherman Callahan, acting superintendent of Alleghany County Public Schools.

“I am excited for her in this new challenge. Mrs. Staunton’s genuine compassion and dedication towards the success of her student body is second to none. I look forward to working with her during this new journey,” Callahan said.

A lifelong resident of the Highlands, Staunton is married to Kit Staunton, who is employed by Covington City Public Schools. They have three children, Burke, Kendall, and Conlan.

“I am honored by the trust placed in me by Mr. Callahan and the school board,” Staunton said.

“I have worked with many outstanding administrators and educators during my time in Alleghany County Public Schools and I believe they have prepared me well for this challenge. I look forward to working with our faculty, staff, students, parents, and the local community to make Alleghany High School the best it can be,” she said.

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