2021-2022 Principal of the Year
Mr. Kevin Adams, Stanly Early College and Stanly STEM Early College, named 2021-2022 SCS Principal of the Year at the Board of Education meeting.
Our 2021-2022 “Principal of the Year” is an instructional leader who believes in practicing what he preaches to ensure that effective learning is happening throughout the school. Being positive and setting a positive atmosphere to solve problems, be proactive, and look down the road keeps our “Principal of the Year” excited about school. He believes that the whole school community must be invested in the success of our students, starting with the principal pitching in to show they are a key part of setting a positive culture.
To our “Principal of the Year,” perception is reality for our school communities. He is a forward thinking leader who relies on prescriptive approaches in order to move a school forward. Culture, safety and order, and instruction are all important factors in supporting and engaging students. He believes good things happen when you work hard and do the things you are supposed to do.
Our “Principal of the Year” is described by his peers as “keeping a positive outlook and high morale, never asking staff to do anything he isn't willing to do, wearing many hats throughout the school, and doing so with grace.”
In the end, he lives out an important principle instilled in him by his father — “Everybody counts. Everybody’s important.”
Three finalists for Stanly County Schools’ 2021-2022 “Principal of the Year.”
Mr. Kevin Adams, Stanly Early College and Stanly STEM Early College
Mrs. Megan DePasquale, Millingport Elementary School
Mrs. Anne McLendon, West Stanly High School
2021-2022 Assistant Principal of the Year
Mrs. Kelly Hill, teacher at Central Elementary School named 2021-2022 SCS Assistant Principal of the Year at the Board of Education meeting.
Our 2021-2022 “Assistant Principal of the Year” truly believes in a team leadership approach. They believe in in doing everything they can to take tasks off teachers’ plates, giving them the opportunity to focus on instruction and data analysis. They believe in being personable and accessible, a great listener, and reflective in their daily practices. Transparency is important in carrying out the responsibilities of the assistant principal.
Our “Assistant Principal of the Year” loves her students and claims seeing them is the highlight of each day. She strives to do her best every day, knowing teachers and students deserve the best from them. She is eager to be in classrooms everyday and carry out their duties as a servant leader. Her motivation comes from students, parents, and the community because, afterall, all decisions should be based on what’s best for children.
Our “Assistant Principal of the Year” brings lots of energy to the table, a willingness to put themselves out there to do new things. She are described by her peers as being “extremely dedicated and committed to the profession, having a strong understanding of curriculum and best practices of teaching, and bringing a dedication to get the job done the right way while enlightening everyone with a bright, bubbly personality and lots of laughs, a positive energy, and a problem-solving mindset. She epitomizes what giving back to your community looks like in action. If our Albemarle schools were their own district, she would be the mascot.”
Finalists for Stanly County Schools’ 2021-2022 “Assistant Principal of the Year.”
Mrs. Brooke Davis, West Stanly Middle School
Mrs. Kelly Hill, Central Elementary School
Mr. Marty Ingram, West Stanly High School
2021-2022 Teacher of the Year
Mr. Wilcox, teacher at North Stanly Middle School named 2021-2022 SCS Teacher of the Year at the Board of Education meeting.
Teacher of the Year candidates are nominated and elected by their peers at their individual schools.
All nominees develop an e-portfolio as well as a short video to highlight their work and philosophy around teaching.
Selection committees from each school review the portfolios/videos. Scores from the portfolio reviews are combined with observation scores to determine the finalists. The finalists present themselves before an interview committee as the final process in the selection of the Teacher of the Year.
As of 2013, the NC Department of Public Instruction is proud to partner with the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to honor North Carolina teachers. The mission of the North Carolina Teacher of the Year Program is to promote the profession through advocacy and support while recognizing quality teaching professionals implementing best practices within classrooms across North Carolina.
The NC Teacher of the Year is recognized at the school, regional, and statewide levels. First, the teacher is chosen to represent their respective school as Teacher of the Year. Similarly, individual public charter schools nominate a Teacher of the Year who participates in a selection process facilitated by the Office of Charter Schools at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Next, once each school district and the charter school nomination processes are completed, the teacher finalists vie as one of the state’s nine Regional Teachers of the Year. [The state is divided into eight geographical regions and NC Charter Schools are clustered together to form the ninth region of the state. The Charter School Teacher of the Year joins the Regional Teachers of the Year team as a finalist for the state Teacher of the Year]. This selection process is facilitated in each region by Regional Education Facilitators.
After a series of relevant screening activities, the State Teacher of the Year is chosen by a committee consisting of professional educators as well as business and community leaders. The state selection committee members are chosen based on their dynamic public record in support of education. The State Teacher of the Year and the other Regional Finalists form a collaborative network to provide services and support throughout the state on critical issues facing public education. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education take pride in celebrating the most innovative and effective public school educators in our state.
Since the inception of the program in North Carolina in 1970, three State Teachers of the Year have become National winners.
2021-2022 Beginning Teacher of the Year
Stanly County Schools’ 2021-2022 “Beginning Teacher of the Year” recognition and presentation was made by Lynn Plummer, Director of Elementary Education and AIG.
Congratulations to Madison Ragsdale, Central Elementary School
"The 2021-2022 “Beginning Teacher of the Year,” Madison Ragsdale, says her goal as a teacher is for students to always know her classroom is a safe place for them. She wants her students to discover themselves and be able to think critically, promoting individual growth to give her students a body of knowledge. Teaching is important to her because she wants her students to learn and grow. She helps them find their passion and love to learn new things. She enjoys inspiring students and making an impact on future generations."
Congratulations to all of our 2021-2022 award nominees.
The five finalists:
- Ms. Regan Allen, North Stanly High School
- Ms. Amber Britt, East Albemarle Elementary School
- Ms. Caroline Brown, Albemarle High School
- Ms. Shanna Crump, Central Elementary School
- Ms. Madison Ragsdale, Central Elementary School
2021-2022 CTE Teacher of the Year
Stanly County Schools’ Director of Career Technical Education (CTE) Mrs. Mandy Melton presented the “CTE Teacher of the Year” award presentation during the Board of Education monthly meeting on June 2, 2022.
Congratulations to Natalee Rogers, Agriculture Instructor at West Stanly High School!
Career and Technical Education is designed to prepare students to enter higher education or the workforce with high demand, high-wage skills while still in high school. CTE programs are found in all high schools and middle schools within Stanly County. Whether it be agriculture, masonry, marketing, culinary arts, drafting, construction, accounting, engineering, or cosmetology.
Award recipients for the 2021-2022 “Certified Support Staff of the Year” at each of our schools
School support staff members such as guidance counselors, school resource officers, nurses, social workers, psychologists, speech therapists and special education assistants play critical roles in helping students acquire the resources they need to achieve academically.
Certified Support Staff are an integral part of the educational system and their services are indispensable to the goal of enhancing quality education. Please join us in showing our gratitude for the outstanding service these employees provide for the students of Stanly County Schools.
Award recipients for the 2021-2022 “Classified Support Staff of the Year” at each of our schools
School support staff are integral to our students’ education and to our schools’ academic improvement. We appreciate all of the people who make the wheels of the school system turn every single day.
Classified staff are employees who often work outside of the classroom and support the education of our students by managing front offices, preparing and serving lunch, keeping school grounds and buildings maintained, driving buses, processing payroll for all of our employees, making sure computers and classroom technology continue to function and so much more!
The work of our classified employees can be invisible to the community, but it enables teachers and administrators to focus on teaching and learning. Without the dedication of our support staff, our schools could not function properly and we would not be able to educate children.
This support is critical to student success and we encourage the entire community to join us in celebrating these amazing staff members and their commitment to providing the best educational experience for our children.