Mrs. Kimberley Kepner

Mrs. Kimberley Kepner


It is with great pride and excitement that I write this introduction to you as I enter into my fifth year as principal of James Love Elementary School. I am a native of Pennsylvania and currently reside in Cleveland County with my husband and five dogs. I earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from West Chester University and a master's degree in school administration from Appalachian State University. I have 24 years educational experience, spanning grades K-6. My experience includes 13 years teaching third and fourth grades, two years as a curriculum technology coordinator (grades K-4), two years as assistant principal at Kings Mountain Intermediate School (grades 5-6), and one year as assistant principal at James Love. I am excited to bring my skills as an educational leader to your son/daughter's school and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child's success.

I want to express my gratitude to you for the opportunity to work with your children each day. I feel a positive, cohesive partnership between the school and student's home results in exemplary student success. During the course of the year, it is my desire to work together with you to provide the students of James Love the best possible opportunity to reach their fullest potential while preparing them to be world-class citizens ready to master the challenges of the 21st Century with a solid academic foundation.

My door is always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to stop in, email or call to make an appointment to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas to help make this the best year yet. It is going to be a great year at James Love and I look forward to working with you!


Kimberley Kepner


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Mr. James Walker

Mr. James Walker

My name is James Walker, and I am beginning my 21st year in education. I completed my undergraduate degree in Music Education at Limestone College and earned my Master's degree in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University. I taught band/chorus/general music in Rutherford County for seventeen years before coming to Grover Elementary as Assistant Principal for two years. In 2018, I served as Assistant Principal at Shelby Intermediate, and am now proud to be Assistant Principal on the James Love team!

My wife Gretchen is an EC teacher at Forest City-Dunbar Elementary in Rutherford County. We have two adult children and this year we welcomed our first grandchild!

I am active in my church where I teach Sunday School and serve as Choir Director. I am also a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan!

I am looking forward to seeing your student achieve success this year at James Love. Please do not hesitate to contact me by phone (704-476-8385) or email ([email protected]) if I can do anything to help your child succeed!


James M. Walker,

Assistant Principal