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Mrs. Melissa Hurst, Principal
Welcome to Princeton Elementary, Home of the Bulldogs!
I’m Melissa Hurst, the new principal and lead learner at Princeton Elementary School.
I am a Johnston County native and have lived here all my life. After graduating from Clayton High School, I attended NC State as a NC Teaching Fellow. I began teaching right down the road at North Johnston Middle and later North Johnston High School. Over the past twenty years, I have had the opportunity to learn and serve in a variety of places, including across the state as an instructional coach with the NC Department of Public Instruction and as a school and district administrator in Wake County.
My husband, Marty and I live in the Cleveland community with our eight year old twins, Emily and Andrew. We love to travel, play board games, and just spend time together.
I am honored to be back with Johnston County Public Schools and to be a part of fulfilling the vision of JoCo 2020. Together, we will continue to make Princeton a school where every student is safe, loved and valued, where students and teachers love learning, and where students build the knowledge, behaviors, and skills to become lifelong learners.
I look forward to working with our wonderful students, parents, and community. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call, email, or stop by.
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Mrs. Jessi Gurley, Assistant Principal
Welcome to Princeton Elementary School! My name is Jessi Gurley and I am the assistant principal at Princeton Elementary School. I am a graduate of Smithfield Selma Senior High School. Go Spartans! I have worked in the Johnston County Public School System for 25 years. I began my career at Benson Elementary School and won Johnston County First Year Teacher of the Year that year. I taught at Benson Elementary for 2 years and loved it there. Next, I had the opportunity to move to Princeton School and teach in my hometown. It was a wonderful move because I was at the same school as my children until they graduated high school. (They may have another opinion.) They both participated in sports so I became a true, blue Bulldog! I moved to Princeton Elementary School when it opened in 2007. I have taught kindergarten, second, third, and fifth grades and have served as a Curriculum Coach. This is my third year as assistant principal in the community that I love.
As I mentioned before, I live in Princeton. I have been married to Carl Gurley III for 36 years. We have two sons, Robert and Hunter. They are both married and have children. I have six grandchildren, so sometimes my name is GiGi. We live on a farm and have cows and horses. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family, read, listen to music, and go to the beach.
I am so excited about some of the things going on in our county and at our school. You can find out information about our school through Facebook, Twitter, and DoJo. I can't wait to see what great things that Princeton Elementary accomplishes this year. If I can help you in anyway, please let me know.