Denise McLean

Phone: 704-810-8816


Degrees and Certifications:

Denise McLean

Principal, Highland School of Technology, 2013 - Present

Principal of a National Blue Ribbon School, 2017
Executive Director of Middle School Instruction, 2009 -2013
Executive Director of Secondary Instruction, 2006 - 2009
Principal, Cramerton Middle School, 2004 - 2006
Assistant Principal, Highland School of Technology, 2003-2004
Assistant Principal, East Gaston High School, 2001 - 2003
Marketing Teacher, South Point High School, 1984 - 1999

East Carolina University, Bachelor of Science in Business and Marketing Education, 1984

Winthrop University, Master of Arts in Teaching, 1989
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Master of School Administration, 2001
     North Carolina Principal Fellows 1999-2001
     Phi Beta Kappa 2001

Professional accomplishments and Organizations:
Gaston County Schools Principal of the Year 2018

Finalist for Principal of the Year 2017
Finalist for Central Office Employee of the Year 2012
South Point High School Teacher of the Year 1994
Outstanding Marketing Educator 1994
ASCD 2004 - Present
GCAEOP 2004 - Present

Community Activities:
Gaston Literacy Council, Board Chair 2017- Present
Gaston Literacy Council, Board Member 2016 - Present
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Member 2016 - Present
Communities in Schools and Alliance for Children and Youth, Board Member 2006 - 2012
Student Health Advisory Committee for Gaston County 2006 - 2012
American Leadership Forum, Board Member 2017 - Present
American Leadership Forum VIII
United Way of Gaston County Loaned Executive 2009
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
     Usher Ministry Secretary 2012-2016
     Usher Ministry Head Usher

Son, Jonathan, Los Angeles, California, 2016 North Carolina A&T graduate
Enjoys spending time with family, book club member, and wellness activities