Mark Shinkaruk, Principal

The 2022-2023 school year will mark my eleventh year as a school principal and my first 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 Middle 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, Nora and Bodie.  When I'm not spending time with my family, I also enjoy basketball, golfing, boating, fishing and grilling.

Twitter: @ShinkarukMark
(704) 872-2135

Janna Sells, Assistant Principal

I am a passionate and tenacious educator who serves with kids' needs as my number one priority. Every decision that I make comes from a deeply rooted mindset that I can be a champion for children. My instructional experience spans across K-12 and higher education.   My immense desire to grow and reach more students led to building and district administrative roles. I have made a career of coaching both school leaders and teachers toward helping high-need students achieve greater results. Together with my amazing team, I work toward empowering and growing teachers so we can offer the best place to learn and grow students' minds and hearts.

I received my Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of NC at Charlotte.  My Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction from Appalachian State University.  I then added on my Master Certificate in Educational Leadership & Administration from Appalachian State University.

When I am not at school loving on your children I'm lost on an adventure hiking some mountain, floating in my kayak or making memories with my children on the ball fields.  I'm loved and supported by my incredibly amazing husband, Jonathon.

Twitter: @JannaPSells
(704) 872-2135


Sarah Paslay, Assistant Principal

I am excited to begin my first year of administration at Third Creek Middle, where I have served the last two years weekly 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