Junaluska Elementary School is located between Waynesville and picturesque Lake Junaluska in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Haywood County. Haywood County is the eastern gateway to the Smoky Mountain National Park. Approximately 440 students attend our school in grades K-5 and each child’s needs are met through a variety of child-centered programs.



Providing a positive, nurturing, student-centered environment where every student will become a lifelong learner, a successful community member, and a prepared citizen of the 21st century.



In order to ensure the success of our vision, our staff, through collaborative means will…


  • Provide social and emotional support to students and families.
  • Know and teach what children are expected to learn.
  • Provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning.
  • Respond with appropriate interventions when students do not master the learning.
  • Challenge students when they do master the learning.


Click here for our School Improvement Plan.  (Updated November, 2020)

School Improvement Team Members

Alex Masciarelli–Principal
Cecilia Ruth Marcus–Lead Teacher
Christina Roberts
Kari Setser
Gail Noland
Ally Francis
Brooke Nickol
Hayley Prince
Taylor Willoughby
Ira Hyde
Joy Sollie
Rebecca Brown
Carrie Brown
Mary Riker

School Mascot: Eagles
School Colors: Red, White & Blue

The Junaluska Way
Be Prepared, Be Responsible, Be Safe, Be A Learner


Contact Us

  • Junaluska Elementary
  • Alex Masciarelli, Principal
  • 2238 Asheville Rd. Waynesville, NC 28786
  • 828.456.2407
  • 828.456.2446