Dr. Mary Hemphill holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Spanish from Meredith College. Following her tenure at Meredith, she returned to Southwest Elementary School in Hickory – the same school she attended as a child. Hemphill received her Masters of School Administration from Western Carolina in 2010.
In 2014, Hemphill completed her PhD through the School of Education at NC A&T State University. She previously served as principal at I. Ellis Johnson Elementary School in Scotland County where she was named Principal of the Year of Scotland County & Regional Principal of the Year for the Sandhills Region for the 2016-17 school year. She now works as principal at Carver Middle School.