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Jeremy Shields - Principal at Crest Middle School

posted May 15, 2017, 2:24 PM by Greg Shull
CCS Work History 
I taught and coached at Crest High School for 12 years before taking an assistant principal role at Kings Mountain High School. I spent two wonderful years there before returning home to Crest. I am a proud member of the class of 1996 at Crest High School. I also attended Crest Middle School and Boiling Springs Elementary School. 

My wife, Dixie, is a second-grade teacher at Boiling Springs Elementary. My oldest daughter, Caroline, is in the seventh-grade at Crest Middle School. Rachel, who is 10-years-old, and Jack, age 6, are both students at Boiling Springs Elementary. I know I am partial, but I think they are just about the finest group of people in the world. 

After graduating from Crest High School, I attended the University of North Carolina. In 2000, I graduated from UNC with a B.A. in Political Science. After college, I worked in public relations before realizing my calling was in working with young people. I began my teaching career in 2002 at Crest High School in social studies. In 2008, I earned my National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification. I received a Masters in School Administration from Western Carolina University in 2011. This summer, I will begin the pursuit of an Educational Doctorate at WCU. 

What do you like best about your school/work location? 
The Crest community is where I was born and raised, and this school and community helped make me into the person I am today. I relish the opportunity to repay the debt I owe to my school and community, and I work hard every day to make the Crest High community a better place for everyone. 

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why? 
The great thing about my job is that I get to give advice to teenagers each and every day. Sometimes the words of wisdom teachers and coaches impart are received more so than advice from parents. That is a big responsibility, but not one that I take lightly. I encourage kids to see the big picture in life as it is easy for them to be impetuous and short-sighted. 

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you? 
Having worked in a different part of the county for the last two years really gave me perspective. I have a lot of pride in the Crest community, but while I was at Kings Mountain High School, I learned that it is a very special place too. The students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members surrounding that school are wonderful to work with and for. It was great to see first-hand that there are people all over Cleveland County working hard for our kids, and putting their best effort into making a brighter future for all of Cleveland County.