District Leadership

Kathy Amos, Superintendent Yancey County Schools

Kathy Amos, Superintendent

I am humbled and honored to be superintendent of Yancey County Schools. I look forward to working together with the parents, school staff, community, and local government while striving for excellence in every area for our students.

I am an ASU Mountaineer! I was born in Asheville and I grew up in Hendersonville. After graduating from West Henderson High School, I attended Appalachian State University (ASU) and Gardner-Webb University for my master’s degree. I obtained my Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S) from ASU. I have worked in Burke County Public Schools for 27 years. I have thoroughly enjoyed my educational journey as a teacher, assistant principal, and elementary and high school principal. During the last four years, I have served at the central office as the Director of Advanced Learning for the school system.

My husband, Doug, and I have been married for 24 years. He is a retired captain with the NC Highway Patrol and is currently employed by WNC Real Estate at Lake James. We are blessed with three great kids. I love to spend time with my family, travel, cook, garden, and read. I also like to attend various artistic performances and sporting events, hike, camp, and trout fish.

I am student focused, and I look forward to helping our students explore and reach their life-long dreams. Teachers, parents, community leaders, business and industry partners - please know that my central office team and I look forward to assisting you and your family.

Heather Cox

Heather Cox

Director of Curriculum and Federal Programs

Kristin Buchanan

School Social Worker

Student Support Services

Cynthia Deyton

Cynthia Deyton

Director of Career and Technical Education and YCS Preschool

Lynne Deyton

Lynne Deyton

Director of School Nutrition

Karen Banks

Director of Technology

Chris Howell

Chris Howell

Director of Facilities/Maintenance

Stacey McEntyre

Stacey McEntyre

Accountability and Testing

PowerSchool Coordinator

Carla McMahan

Carla McMahan

Human Resources Coordinator

Derek Murphy

Derek Murphy

Director of Transportation

Robbie Renfro

Robbie Renfro

Chief Finance Officer







Quincy Sparks

District Behavior Specialist

Margie Stebbeds

Margie Stebbeds

Director of Exceptional Children