Mike Treadway


By Dave Russell


A desire to work directly with school children and families drove Mike Treadway to become the new principal of Smokey Mountain Elementary School.

Treadway, 49, was approved for the position at the July 23 meeting of the Jackson County Board of Education. He starts the new job Aug. 5.

Treadway has been serving as director of Student Support Services for Swain County Schools, coordinating programs for student achievement and exceptional children.

He was principal at Swain County High School for two years, at Swain West Elementary School for two years, and worked with gifted sixth-graders there before serving as an assistant principal.

Treadway and his wife, Regina Mathis, live in Bryson City. Mathis is a 1983 graduate of Sylva-Webster High School.

“The whole point of me leaving the district office and taking a principalship is that I want to get back working with kids,” he said. “In administration, you don’t get to work with kids, it’s more a multi-layered thing.”

Treadway graduated from Mars Hill in 1991 with a degree in communications and marketing management. He received his Master of Arts in Special Education and Master of School Administration degrees from Western Carolina University, and completed his Education Specialist in Educational Administration and Supervision (Ed.S.) degree from Lincoln Memorial University in 2010.

“Mike Treadway brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the principalship role at Smokey Mountain Elementary,” Jackson County School Superintendent Kim Elliott said. “His love for students enticed him to leave his director position and return to school-based administration. He understands the culture of Western North Carolina. He has developed relationships in the community and will be a great addition to the JCPS family.”

On July 23, the school board also took the following personnel actions:

Accepted these employee recommendations:

Cullowhee Valley Elementary School, Brandon Arrington, custodian and bus driver, Brittney Cunningham, PE safety teacher assistant, Jason Dupree, custodian and bus driver, Madelyn Hux, teacher, Donna Mathis, temporary teacher assistant, Joshua Pierce, teacher, Pamela Shepherd, teacher; Fairview Elementary School, Paul Davis, PE safety teacher assistant, Erica Waldrop, extended school year – preschool; Smoky Mountain High School, Blake Fox, activity bus driver and substitute bus driver; Scotts Creek Elementary School, Kevin George and Brian Krause, teachers; Jackson County Early College, Mary Jo Cope, interim teacher, Emilee Nidiffer, teacher; Blue Ridge Early College, Gerald Mason Lanford, teacher; School of Alternatives, Caroline Simpson, EC teacher assistant; SMES amd FES, Rachel Cox, speech language pathologist.

Accepted the following resignations: SCES, Janey Ballif, teacher assistant, Brian Krause, teacher; CVES, Amanda Stamey and Madelyn Hux, teachers, Madison McDaniel, afterschool assistant; FES Ameka Cole, teacher assistant and bus driver, Paul Davis, PE safety teacher assistant; SOA Jeremy Chapman, EC teacher assistant; Blue Ridge Early College, Katherine Mosteller, teacher. 

Accepted these Kindergarten Academy recommendations: CVS, Samantha Bishop and Julia Medford, teachers, Kimberly Boughman, teacher assistant.