Anna Austin

Angie Trantham - Principal

My name is Angie Trantham and I am so excited and honored for the opportunity to serve as the Principal at Johnston Elementary School!  I grew up in Western North Carolina and have been in education since 1996.  I started my career with a BA in Elementary Education from Mars Hill College and began teaching Early Head Start and preschool, with Asheville City Schools.  I soon continued my studies to obtain a Birth-Kindergarten Certification from Western Carolina University and also became a National Board Certified teacher.   Eventually, I attended Appalachian State University and went on to receive a Masters in Birth-Kindergarten as well as a certification in School Administration. Over the course of my career, I have taught and served a variety of different roles in education including Exceptional Children’s Teacher/Coordinator, First Grade Teacher and Reading Interventionist.  For the past 5 years, I have been the Assistant Principal of Estes Elementary.  My husband and I have been married for 20 years and have two, active teenage boys who keep us very busy with sports.  

I’m looking forward to the upcoming school year to serve and grow the dedicated staff, eager students and supportive community at Johnston Elementary School!  Go Bears!!!

Stephanie Stroupe, Assistant Principal

Stephanie Stroupe, Assistant Principal

My name is Stephanie Stroupe and I am excited to be your Assistant Principal. This is my twelfth year in education. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Western Carolina University. 

Before coming to Buncombe County Schools, I taught English at a bi-lingual school in Honduras, math and science at a local private school in the Asheville area and fourth grade in Haywood County. I began my career in Buncombe County at Pisgah Elementary School as a Special Education Teacher. I later moved into a first grade teaching position at PES, before moving to Johnston Elementary to complete my administrative internship. This will be my fourth year as assistant principal at JES.  

As a native of Buncombe County, I enjoy spending my weekends enjoying our beautiful mountains with my husband and daughter.  Please feel free to email any questions that you may have at 

Ingle, Samantha - Head Secretary

Ingle, Samantha - Head Secretary

This is my second year at Johnston and I love getting to see all our Mighty Bears. I can't wait to see what this year holds.  I grew up in Weaverville, NC. I'm a North Buncombe Alumni and recently received my Associates in Arts at AB-Tech. I now live in Enka with my husband, our 3 little girls, Hank the weiner dog and 2 guinea pigs. We love spending our free time outside enjoying the mountains

Data Manager/Receptionist

My name is Alisha and this is my third year at Johnston Elementary and I love it.  I enjoy getting to know the families as well as the children in this school.  I was raised in Black Mountain and hold an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. 

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and 5 kids.