Mark Shinkaruk, Principal

The 2023-2024 school year will mark my twelfth year as a school principal and my second year as principal of our school. I am committed to ensuring we create excellence at Third Creek Middle School by providing each child with a safe, challenging and enjoyable educational experience.

Prior to TCMS, I served as principal of The Brawley School and Lake Norman Elementary, the assistant principal at Coddle Creek Elementary and a science teacher at Troutman Middle School. I'm a graduate of UNC-Charlotte where I completed my Master’s Degree in School Administration.  I also hold a Bachelor's Degree (Elementary Education) from Northland College, a small liberal arts school in Ashland, Wisconsin.  Iredell County is home to me.  I am a graduate of Statesville High School.

I currently reside in Mooresville with my wife, Jennie, and our children.  When I'm not spending time with my family, I also enjoy basketball, golfing, boating, fishing and grilling.

Twitter: @ShinkarukMark
(704) 872-2135

Harry Efird, Assistant Principal


Sarah Paslay, Assistant Principal

I am excited to begin my second year of administration at Third Creek Middle, where I have served previously as a science content coach.  I am passionate about building relationships and success for students and teachers.

I grew up in Iredell County, attending West Iredell High School. I have an Exercise Science-Sports Medicine degree from Pfeiffer University. Upon graduation I was given an opportunity to teach science at West Iredell High and immediately fell in love with teaching, completing a lateral entry program to become licensed. After 10 years in the classroom, I joined the leadership team at Statesville High as the instructional facilitator, eventually leading to the role of the science content coach supporting middle and high schools across the district.  I am currently working toward a masters in school administration from UNC Pembroke.

When not in schools I am with my family on a sports field, watching my kids plays or supporting other families.  My husband, Bryan and I reside in Statesville with our two children. 

Twitter: @spaslay_iss