Anna Austin

Anna Austin - Principal

“I believe all students can succeed if provided a quality education and the support needed in their journey. Several people did just that for me, and I am grateful every day.” – Anna Austin, Johnston Principal

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in east Tennessee, Ms. Austin received her undergraduate degree from Mars Hill College, and her Master’s Degree from Western North Carolina University. She began her teaching career in elementary education at a school on a small island in the middle of the French Broad River. Ms. Austin taught at the elementary level for eight years before working in the area of advocacy and drop-out prevention. These experiences led her to serve as the Career Academy Advocate where she worked with high school students. She joins us from Erwin High School, where she most recently served as an assistant principal.

Mrs. Austin is excited about starting her third year at Johnston Elementary School. If we can assist you with anything do not hesitate to contact her at (828)-232-4291 or by email at: 

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.