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My name is Miriam Harvey, and I am elated to be appointed as the new principal here at James Love Elementary School. I have been in the education system for 15 years, beginning my career as a business teacher at Hunter Huss High School in Gastonia, NC, where I also served as the Dean of Students. My next career move was as an assistant principal at Crest High School and Graham Elementary School, and I ultimately became the principal at East Elementary. 

I am originally from West Palm Beach, FL. I earned a B.A. in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and a Master's Degree in School Leadership from Grand Canyon University.  

I have two sons, 26 and 25; Rae (26) is a graduate of Western Carolina University, where he earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Communications. He is currently an Education Organizer for Rocketship Public Schools in Washington, D.C. Marion (25) is a graduate of UNCG (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management with a minor in Sociology. He is currently a Business Analyst for a top corporation.

I enjoy spending time with my family, attending church, skating, and singing with my sisters (Bessie and Angela) in my spare time.  

My mental mission statement, which serves as a constant reminder to myself and others, is:

  • Always strive for greatness.
  • Never give up.
  • Never doubt yourself because there is greatness inside you. 

I am so grateful that you trust me with your child; I am beyond thankful for entrusting me with their future. Their future concerns are my present responsibility and that I take very seriously here at James Love Elementary.

Ms. Miriam D. Harvey
Principal, James Love Elementary School
704-476-8385 ext. 7711


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My name is MaShonda Surratt, and I am honored to join the James Love Family as an assistant principal and embark on a new journey in my professional career. Returning to James Love, where I started as a teacher assistant, fills me with excitement and gratitude.

My roots are in Shelby, North Carolina, where I attended James Love Elementary and graduated from Shelby High School. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Limestone College and my Master of School Administration from Gardner-Webb University. I have served in various roles throughout my 24 years in education, including teacher assistant, teacher, Title I Coordinator, and assistant principal. I have spent the majority of my career in Cleveland County Schools. 

I cherish my role as a mother of three beautiful daughters, Imani (25), Azariah (17), and MaLaya (13). I enjoy reading, listening to music, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.  Making a positive impact on the lives of those around me is essential to me, and I am thrilled to be able to serve the students, staff, and families at James Love Elementary. Here's to a successful and memorable school year! 

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Tony Roberts has been an educator for twenty-three years and is currently in his eleventh school year as assistant principal with Cleveland County Schools. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Appalachian State University, Boone, NC and both the Education Specialist and Doctorate degrees in Educational Leadership from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. Dr. Roberts began his teaching career with Charlotte/Mecklenburg Schools in the year 2000 teaching choral music and/or orchestra at Olympic High, and later Ranson Middle and Whitewater Middle.  He came to CCS in 2013 and has served as assistant principal at Crest Middle, Shelby Intermediate, and now James Love.  Some of his interests include reading, traveling, and hiking.  Dr. Roberts’ research interests include culture and its impact on education, the academic achievement gap, and the history of education and its institutions.