Dr. Monica Headen - Principal
  • Dr. Monica Headen is in her sixth year as principal of Long Mill Elementary. Prior to that, she was an assistant principal at Youngsville Elementary and Bunn Middle. She has also been a middle school and high school teacher, but it is the elementary school level that brings her the greatest joy. She believes that creating a strong foundation for children is instrumental in their becoming all that they can be, and that’s what Long Mill strives to do. Along with the faculty and staff, Dr. Headen works to create an environment where children can feel safe while learning and growing. 


    She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from North Carolina State University (NCSU), a Master’s in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Doctorate in Education Administration and Supervision from NCSU. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, and being active in her church. On breaks from school, she can usually be found somewhere near the ocean.

Assistant Principal

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    Hello, my name is Dr. Robert Kradel and I am so happy to be part of the Long Mill family!  I am entering my 25th year of education and my 5th here in Franklin County.  Prior to joining Long Mill, I spent 3 years as an assistant principal at Bunn Middle and the interim principal at Bunn Elementary.  

    I am originally from Pennsylvania and that is where I earned my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Slippery Rock University.  After moving to North Carolina, I earned my Masters in School Administration and my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from North Carolina State University.  

    I live in Youngsville with my wife Denise and our golden retriever, Cooper.  Being from Pittsburgh, I am a HUGE fan of the Steelers, Pirates, and Penquins!  In my free time my wife and I like to travel to the beach and the mountains.  I also try to get out and play some golf every once in a while.