Puryear Announced as New Principal for Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High

Puryear Announced as New Principal for Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High
Posted on 05/30/2019
eric puryear

Puryear Announced as

 New Principal for

 Hickory Career & Arts

 Magnet High


HICKORY…  Effective July 1, 2019, Eric J. Puryear, Sr., will serve as the new principal for Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High School (HCAM). The current principal, Rebecca Tuttle, has accepted the position of principal for Hickory High School.

Puryear is no stranger to Hickory Public Schools. In fact, in 2016, Puryear served Hickory High as assistant principal.  “When I got the call to return to Hickory Public Schools as principal of HCAM, it was like a dream come true,” said Puryear.

“I personally felt like it was a calling for me to come to Hickory. It is truly a blessing to have this opportunity to continue helping students excel and unlocking potential that they never knew they had,” said Puryear.

An avid educator with a passion for career technology, computer literacy, critical thinking, and establishing safe school environments, Puryear’s background is diverse in both training and experience.

He is currently serving as the assistant principal at R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem where his responsibilities include discipline, overseeing athletics, operating “at-risk” programs for minority male students, managing the United Way school/budget campaigns, and he is the school’s testing administrator.

While serving Hickory High as assistant principal, Puryear was responsible for discipline, school safety/crisis plan, and he was the process manager for NC Star with the School Improvement Team. He was also the administrator over the Career Technical Education (CTE) and he served as the school’s testing coordinator.

Prior roles in education include serving as a teacher in Career Technical Education and as administrative intern for Paisley IB Magnet School and Atkins High School, both in Winston-Salem; and he was a CTE teacher in Red Springs, NC and Sanford, NC. Education responsibilities include leading the CTE team to researching new methods for differentiated instruction—teaching to the individual child.

While serving as a classroom teacher, Puryear received a banking award for operating the Student-Run Credit Union and the county named Puryear as a “Green Teacher”—based on outstanding VOCATS test scores.

Puryear is a member of the CTE Leadership Team, AFCA, Black Coaches Association, NCASCD, FAPA, and WSFCS Explorers.

As a former head football coach for several high schools, Puryear also participated in a minority internship for the NFL, Detroit Lions, Detroit, MI. He has coached for Johnson C. Smith University, Missouri Valley College, Wingate University, Missouri Valley College, and Southwest Baptist University.

Puryear is a graduate of North Carolina A and T University where he earned his School Administration Licensure through the School of Human Development and Services. He also studied business education and marketing with the Licensure Program at North Carolina State University. In addition, Puryear earned his Master of Business Administration from Southwest Baptist University; and he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in marketing through the School of Business at North Carolina Central University.

A native of Winston-Salem, Eric is married to Laura Puryear and they are the parents of three children. Puryear enjoys traveling, playing golf and most importantly, spending time with family. He enjoys exercising and he is actively involved with church activities, such as teaching Sunday school.

“I am committed to Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High (HCAM), Hickory Public Schools, and the community in which I will serve,” said Puryear.

“I am truly excited to continue the work that has already been done at HCAM. With the support of HPS Superintendent, Dr. Adell, and the great staff at HCAM, we will continue to close achievement gaps, break down barriers, and grow the high school to new heights,” said Puryear.



(Article by Beverly Snowden, HPS director of communications)

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