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Last Updated: 6/4/2020 7:28 PM

Welcome to Hickory Flat Elementary School, home of the Thunderbirds!

photo of Principal, Kerry EstepKerry Estep, Principal

Mrs. Estep is very excited to be the Principal of Hickory Flat for the 20-21 School Year. After serving as the Assistant Principal of Hickory Flat for four years, being named Principal was a dream come true.  Prior to leading at HFES, Mrs. Estep taught at Boston Elementary for 11 years in 3rd grade and Special Education. After leaving Boston, she was a Special Education Facilitator for 3 years in CCSD before coming to HFES. The 20-21 SY will be the start of her 19 year with Cherokee County.

Mrs. Estep lives in Cherokee County with her husband and two daughters.  Her oldest daughter will be in 8th grade at Creekland Middle School and her youngest daughter will be in 5th grade at Avery Elementary School.  When she is not at school, she enjoys camping, playing tennis, and cheering on the Crimson Tide.

Mrs. Estep is looking forward to a great school year where we will CONTINUE TOGETHER!  She can’t wait for the Thunderbirds to be back in the building. 

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Photo of AP Deena VanceDenna Vance, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Vance can’t wait to meet you! She prides herself on building relationships and having a positive outlook. She has previously served as Assistant Principal at R.M. Moore STEM Academy and played an active role in Clark Creek STEM Academy’s acquisition of State STEM Certification. Mrs. Vance also taught in a Science Magnet School and the private sector before joining Cherokee County. Throughout her career, she has had the pleasure and joy of teaching all elementary grade levels kindergarten through fifth. Along with enjoying school life, Mrs. Vance treasures family time with her wonderful husband and precious four-year-old and one-year boys, and she’s looking forward to becoming a part of the HFES family.

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photo of Assistant Principal, Nick ZomerNick Zomer, Assistant Principal

Mr. Zomer is beyond excited to join the Thunderbird Family! He has previously served as an Assistant Principal at Creekland Middle School, and before that was a  science teacher at Mill Creek Middle School, Dean Rusk Middle School, and at Liberty Middle School in Forsyth County. He will be joining his 5th grade son and Kindergarten daughter at HFES this fall. When he is not working to support students and teachers, he spends time with his family, loves to cook, and is a dedicated University of Michigan fan.

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