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Chris Lyon is a native of Wilkes County where he grew up in the Traphill community, near Stone Mountain State Park. He attended Traphill Elementary and North Wilkes High School before attending college at Appalachian State University. After graduating with a bachelors degree in business administration, Mr. Lyon worked in sales, management, and finance before going into the field of education. Mr. Lyon started as a teacher at Boonville and Courtney Elementary Schools where he worked for 7 years. Upon completion of his masters degree in school administration he served as assistant principal and then principal at West Yadkin Elementary School for 6 years. The last 6 years, before moving to the Yadkin Early College, were served as the Executive Director of Human Resources for Yadkin County Schools. Mr. Lyon returned to the principalship in 2019 and enjoys being at the Early College where he has the opportunity to help the students and school grow to meet their fullest potential.


Mr. Lyon has lived in Yadkin County since 1994 and now lives with his wife Tori, who is also a teacher, and their 2 children. He is an avid sports fan who enjoys cheering on his beloved Appalachian State Mountaineers during football season and the UNC Tarheels during basketball season. He spends most of his time away from school working around his house or relaxing at the lake and is an active member of his local church.