Mrs. Ashley Smith is the proud principal of Sun Valley Middle School. She began at Sun Valley Middle School as an assistant principal in 2016 and became principal in 2018. She loves being a Spartan. She is enthusiastic about the possibilities for every student in our school community as we become a Leader in Me Middle School.
Mrs. Smith began her career in education teaching elementary school in 1992 in Gaston County. She moved to Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools in 1996 and taught until 2011 when she transitioned to a central office position as a Professional Development Specialist. She supported teachers and schools in literacy, differentiation, culturally proficient teaching, and using data to drive instruction. She is passionate about making sure all students and teachers are successful.
Mrs. Smith earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina Charlotte and her Masters in Educational Leadership from Winthrop University. She lives in Charlotte with her husband Geof of 26 years and daughters Lauryn (23) and Kaitlyn (20). Ashley loves visiting her girls in college, reading and knitting in her spare time.
Ms. Brown serves as the sixth-grade administrator. Ms. Brown has more than 10 years of experience in the educational field. She has served as a classroom teacher and in various leadership positions throughout her career. Prior to coming to Sun Valley Middle, she served as Assistant Principal at East Elementary, and as the Instructional Coach at Unionville Elementary. Tomika brings a strong knowledge of current best practices in standards-based instruction, data analysis, and programs that will benefit our students.
Ms. Giers serves as the 8th Grade Assistant Principal. She began her career in education teaching elementary school in 2000 in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. She taught in the classroom until 2009, and then she transitioned to a curriculum facilitator position for five years. In 2014 Ms. Giers moved to Union County Schools to teach 4th grade and then support as an interventionist while completing her administrative internship.
Ms. Giers earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina Charlotte and her Masters in School Administration from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. She lives in Waxhaw with her two sons, Carter (8) and Christian (5). When Ms. Giers is not at football games or catching frogs in the backyard, she enjoys walking her dogs Luka and Romeo.