Julie Barbee - PrincipalThank you for allowing me to introduce myself.
I moved to Midland when I was eight years old, just a few years ago! I attended Bethel as a student and later came back to Bethel as a teacher in 1999. I am vested in this community and take great pride in being a Midland native. Bethel is not only a home for me, but for my family. My husband and I both attended Bethel, as do our own children. So, my faith in this school is long-running!
My faith and pride in public education is also long-running. If you think about it, I’ve been in school my entire life – which is where I intend to stay! Instilling a love of learning in children as well as a belief in themselves, is my life’s mission. Children are amazing and can do anything! I consider it The Lord’s Blessing that he has allowed me to this opportunity. Thank you for sharing your children with me!
Assistant Principal of Instruction
Dr. Janice Ellis-Lewis
Dr. Janice Ellis-Lewis is the Assistant Principal of Instruction at Bethel Elementary. She is a former classroom teacher, assistant principal and principal in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Hickory Public Schools. She has also worked as an adjunct faculty member and internship supervisor for the Department of Counseling, Leadership and Educational Studies at Winthrop University, where she was responsible for the professional development of aspiring teachers in their final year of academic preparation through classroom visitations, observation and evaluation of instructional and managerial best practices.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Old Westbury in Elementary Education, a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in School Administration and a doctorate of education degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.