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     Charles Garrett was born and raised in southern West Virginia, the youngest of five children. His father was a coal miner and his mother was a homemaker. He moved to North Carolina in 1998 and currently resides with his wife Tiiu in Troutman. He has four children and three granddaughters.

     After graduating from high school, Mr. Garrett attended West Virginia Institute of Technology where he played football for four years and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering Technology. He began working in the coal mines after graduating from college and coached high school football. When the coal mine where he worked was shut down, he began teaching as a substitute and made the decision to pursue a Master’s Degree in Special Education. He served as a teacher for twenty years before obtaining a Master’s Degree in School Administration and has served in this capacity in Yadkin County for the past fourteen years. Mr. Garrett also served as an ordained Baptist Pastor for seventeen years.

     When asked about why he chose a career in education, he responded, “After my parents and family, it was teachers and coaches that had a tremendous and positive impact in my life; I consider educating children to be one of the most fulfilling jobs on earth; I love being around children and I love being a part of their lives.”

     Mr. Garrett loves spending time with his family, especially his granddaughters. He is an avid fan of WV football and enjoys gardening, watching movies and church activities.