Mr. Matt Lasher was named principal at Marvin Ridge High School at the July 13, 2021, Union County Public Schools Board of Education meeting. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Lasher served as the principal at East Elementary since 2018.
Mr. Lasher began his career in education in 2002. He previously served as a Health and Physical Education teacher and coach at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte. Mr. Lasher obtained his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Wingate University in 2012 and served as an Assistant Principal at Porter Ridge Middle School. In addition, Mr. Lasher served at Marvin Ridge High School since 2013 before transitioning to Monroe High in 2018.
Mr. Lasher enjoys spending time with his wife Brittany, two sons Lucas and Logan, daughters Alex and Ryan and dog Ace. He also enjoys outdoor activities, and playing and watching many different sports with his friends.
Michael Murray has been in education since 1997. He has worked with college, high school, middle school and elementary school students. Mr. Murray received his undergraduate degree from Oswego State University in New York and a Masters in Education from Tufts University located in Massachusetts.
He received his administrative license in Educational Leadership from Wingate University. Previously, he worked at Cuthbertson, Parkwood, and East Union Middle Schools. He is married and has a daughter.
Mrs. Elizabeth Smith grew up with her family in South Florida. She graduated from Florida State University with a certificate in Urban and Regional Planning and a bachelor's degree in Political Science. She married her high school sweetheart and together they have three grown children who have all started their own careers. Mrs. Smith and her husband lived in Texas, New Jersey, and Maryland before moving to Charlotte in 2002. While living in various parts of the country, Mrs. Smith worked as a welfare case worker, urban planner, para-legal, campaign manager and legislative aide in two state legislatures.
In January 2004, Mrs. Smith began earning her teaching certificate and continued on to earn her Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) at the University of North Carolina (UNCC). She began teaching high school Civics and Economics and during her 12-year teaching career, she has taught many social studies courses at both the middle school and high school levels. Mrs. Smith added the School Administration certification to her MAT in 2016 and began serving as a dean of students in the fall of 2017. She joined Monroe High School as an assistant principal in March 2019, and Marvin Ridge High School in March 2022.