Cassie Eley is in her second year as principal at Piedmont Middle School. Dr. Eley earned her undergraduate degree in English and education from Wingate University. She also holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, Educational Specialist degree, and an Educational Doctorate.
Prior to joining Piedmont Middle School, Dr. Eley served as principal of grades 3-5 at Walter Bickett Elementary School. She also served as an assistant principal at Parkwood High School and an English teacher at Forest Hills High School.
Dr. Eley is married to Mark who also works for the school system, and they have two children, Silas and Leighton. Dr. Eley is originally from Union County and graduated from Forest Hills High School. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, painting and traveling.
"Excuses are tools of incompetence used to build monuments of nothing."
Mr. Chandler taught for 17 years before transitioning to an assistant principal role. As a classroom teacher, he strived to develop relationships with students, aware of the impact it had on their behavior and academic performance and now as an assistant principal, he invests much of his time and energy in teachers. Mr. Chandler does my best each and every day to ensure teachers know he genuinely cares about them as individuals and professionals. He always makes time to listen, address concerns, offer guidance and provide instructional feedback so that teachers have the support they need to be successful in the classroom. Above all else, he tries to set a good example for others on a daily basis, which is where he believes true leadership begins.
Originally from Long Island, NY, Mr .DeLucia moved to North Carolina in 2008 where he began teaching PE/Health at Parkwood Middle School. While teaching at the middle school, Mr. DeLucia also coached lacrosse at Marvin Ridge High School for six years, leading them to a state title in 2016.
His educational background includes an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in physical education from Adelphi University and a postgraduate degree in school administration from Wingate University.
Mr. DeLucia currently lives in Union County with his wife, Brittany, son Brody and daughter Eloise.
During his free time, Mr. DeLucia likes to spend time with his family and stay active.
Michelle Gray is happy to join the Piedmont Middle School staff as the seventh-grade assistant principal. She was previously an Assistant Principal at East Union Middle School and Weddington Middle School.
Originally from Arkansas, Ms. Gray earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Arkansas and received National Board certification in 2005. She received her Principal Licensure from UNCC after teaching in community colleges and middle schools for more than 20 years.
Ms. Gray is married to a school administrator and has two adult children who live in the Charlotte area. She truly loves being a Piedmont Panther and has found this community to be very welcoming and supportive of education and our students.