I am an East Burke High School graduate.  I attended our school as a student the first year the building opened.  I later attended Western Piedmont Community College where I received my AA degree.  Next, I attended Lenoir-Rhyne University where I received a teaching degree.  I completed a master’s program and Ed.S. program at Gardner-Webb University.  Lifelong learning has been my passion.  I taught 1st and 5th grades in Burke County Schools.  I have served as an assistant principal at the middle/high school levels.  My first principalship was at Burke Middle College.  I have spent the last five years serving as principal at George Hildebrand Elementary School.  I am honored to serve as your principal this year!  EBMS is a special place to me.  If I can ever be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


                                                                                            Terry Penland

During my first career, I worked as a medical laboratory technician in a hospital and later set up a laboratory in a private physician’s office. While I was working in the doctor’s office, I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Lees-McRae College. I also earned state licensure to teach Academically Gifted students in K-12. I have enjoyed teaching fourth grade students at W. A. Young, Hildebran, and Salem Elementary Schools during my nine years as a classroom teacher.

As my children grew older, I pursued a Master’s degree in Educational Media from Appalachian State University (ASU) and later I received my Administrator’s degree from Appalachian as well. I became an Assistant Principal at East Burke Middle School in August 2012.

My husband is Robin Dale and we have two beautiful daughters, Genά and Alexis. Genά and her husband have a two year old, Connor, who loves nana and pawpaw. Alexis is a chemistry graduate student at the University of Tennesse-Knoxville. My hobbies include spending time with my family, cross-stitching, crocheting, reading, and serving as the worship leader for the traditional service at my church. I enjoy working with the students and staff at East Burke Middle School as each day presents a new set of challenges.

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -- Benjamin Franklin