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Principal's Message


Katherine Steele, principal

Mariner Family,


East Carteret High School has a legacy of serving Beaufort, the Down East communities from Bettie to Cedar Island, North River, South River, Merrimon and all of the fantastic towns between. The beauty is that ECHS has developed from families who have lived and worked in the area for generations. It is the connection our students have to their community and to Mariner pride that is one of East Carteret’s most valuable commodities. For years, the staff, students, and families have recognized the values of the unique culture and work ethic of the families that make up ECHS and it is shown in the exceptional growth of the school.

As the new Principal of East Carteret, my aim is to capitalize on so many of the high quality practices that are already in place at this school while striving for continued improvement. It is my job as Principal to continue to fuel that groundswell of support for improvement and the best way to do that is by listening. Listening to the stakeholders in the school- from cafeteria workers, to front office staff, to students, teachers and community members. It is also listening to what is happening outside of East Carteret and being willing to find ways to help others start listening to us.

My goals at East Carteret are centered around partnerships. Working in concert with true partners means not only listening, but being an organization that others want to listen to as well.


Go Mariners!

Ms Steele



Ms. Steele has worked in K-12 education across 8 states in public, private, and charter school systems. She is the current Principal at East Carteret High School in North Carolina and was named Assistant Principal of the Year for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 and is a 2015 Tillman Scholar. She is pursuing a doctorate from Vanderbilt University in Leadership and Learning in Organizations. She holds a B.A. from Seattle Pacific University in Language Arts (K-12 focus), a Reading Specialist Endorsement from University of California San Diego, and a Masters of Education in Administration and Leadership from The George Washington University.