Principal Candace Cook (email: 

Mrs. Cook is entering her 23rd year in education. During that time, she has served children in Tennessee and North Carolina in many ways. She started as a teacher, and loved every moment of it! It was only because she wanted to serve more students that she decided to leave the classroom and pursue school administration. For the past 12 years, She has served as an instructional coach, school administrator, and state director of early childhood programs.

Message from Mrs. Cook:

I am blessed to say that I love the work I get to do every day. In this role, I have an opportunity to serve, educate, and advocate for students, families, and teachers. Education has truly been my calling.

Though I have only been a part of Homestead for a few short years. I can tell you this is the most effective and efficient group of professionals I have ever had the privilege to work with.  It is evident that Homestead Elementary is the pride of this community, and within these walls, we are family. I am grateful every day that I get to be here to work with your children.

Assistant Principal Mary Elizabeth Edmonds (email:

I am Mary Elizabeth Edmonds, Homestead Elementary's Assistant Principal.  I am a life-long resident of Cumberland County and have deep roots in the Homesteads. I am a product of the Cumberland County School system, having been a student at Homestead, myself.  I have been serving the students of Cumberland County for the last 15 years. Thirteen of those years were spent in the classroom in kindergarten, 2nd, and 5th grades, as well as Response to Intervention Facilitator.

I believe that all children can learn and deserve every opportunity to do so in a safe, caring environment. It is a priority of mine to ensure that we provide the very best education to support all aspects of childhood.  I consider it an honor and a privilege to be a part of the excellent faculty at Homestead Elementary. The commitment to excellence, history, and community pride are incredible!

By supporting one another and working closely together, we will have a successful school year. Please feel free to reach out via email at or call the school office if you ever have questions or concerns.