Jay Dale

Welcome Estes Elementary families.  I am so honored to serve as principal of such a wonderful school and to continue the tradition of excellence that has been established over the years.

I am in my 34th year of education.  I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hanover College (IN) and my Master’s Degree from Gardner-Webb University.  I have taught and been an administrator at the High School, Middle School and Elementary School levels which allows me to have a unique perspective as to how our students will need to progress.  Before coming to Estes this year, I had been Principal at Haw Creek Elementary and Pisgah Elementary.

I have a wonderful family with my wife Jennifer along with 3 daughters.  Also, as you can see in the photo is my dog Remi who comes to school each day to take a bit of stress off myself, the staff and students. 

Our motto “Growing Leaders One Student at A Time” meshes with the fact that we are a Leader In Me School.  We will work hard to provide a safe environment as well as ensuring all students get what they need to be successful.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns at 828-654-1795 or at

Elsilee Garcia

Assistant Principal

Hello Estes Families,

I am so humbled and excited to serve as the Assistant Principal of such a diverse and beautiful school community! I am overjoyed every morning as I place my hand on my heart and pledge, “We are leaders, we are learners, we are family.”

My husband and I are raising two beautiful girls. My oldest aspires to become a therapist. My youngest, who currently attends Estes, wants to care for animals as a future veterinarian. We have two fur babies who make our family complete: Rory a gentle guinea pig and Opie a sweet rescue pup.

This is my eleventh year in education. I have taught grades K-6 as a regular and special education teacher. I have also had the opportunity to serve as a behavior specialist in Buncombe County Schools. I have obtained an honorary Masters in School Administration through Western Carolina and am motivated to learn and grow alongside one of the best leaders, Principal Dale!

I am eager to serve each student, family, and colleague with humility, compassion, and dedication.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.