By Ritchie Starnes, News Editor
Thursday, December 5, 2013 —
South Stanly High School’s Shawn Britt has been named the 2013 Principal of the Year.
After one full year as a principal in the Stanly County school system, Britt was presented as the top principal during Tuesday night’s board of education meeting.
“Mr. Britt is an excellent administrator,” Superintendent Dr. Terry Griffin said.
“He is a strong instructional leader and has a genuine interest for his students.”
Britt shared the honor with those he credits for his success.
“A lot of this is a credit to the community that I work in as well as the faculty and staff,” Britt said.
“I also had a lot of support from the central office.”
The husband and father of two quickly acknowledged his wife, who is a counselor at West Stanly High School, as key to his success.
“Between the two of us, we’ve worked at all four high schools,” Britt said.
No stranger to educational awards, Britt was named Teacher of the Year for West Stanly High and Stanly County Schools in 2009.
He first began his administration duties in January 2010, when he took a position as assistant principal at West Stanly High. Britt next worked as an assistant principal at Albemarle High before taking his first crack as principal at South in 2012.
Britt’s teaching career began in 1996 as a history teacher and coach after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in history.
After the 2001 terrorists’ attacks on the U.S., Britt joined the National Guard whereby he was called to active duty in the U.S. Army from 2003-04. He served in Iraq and Kuwait during Operation Iraqi Freedom, returning to teaching in 2004.
Britt credits his GI Bill as a means to attend graduate school at Wingate University, which subsequently allowed him to land a job in administration.
He also credits his active duty as a reason for his later achievements.
“That experience matured me both personally and professionally,” Britt said.
“Life is fragile and you need to take advantage of opportunities.”
Britt will represent the 21-facility school system in the regional selection process. An interview for the next stage is scheduled for Monday.
Sponsored by Wells Fargo since 1984, the award recognizes outstanding leadership in North Carolina’s schools and the role of the principal in establishing an environment conducive to academic excellence.
Principals are judged on various criteria, including the school environment as well as the community. Candidates are expected to demonstrate student ach-ievement regardless of their background and capabilities.
Also at the meeting, the board recognized 13 Stanly County teachers who earned their National Board Certification. They include: Teresa Crump (Stanly Early College High School), Betsy Furr (Central Elementary), Kathy High (West Stanly High School), Kerri Huffman (North Stanly High School), Melisa Isenhour (South Stanly Middle School), Rosemary Lovin (Albemarle High School), Amy Lowder (Locust Elementary), Karen Morton (Stanfield Elementary), Teresa Morton (Albemarle Middle School), Jennifer Nahrgang (West Stanly Middle School), Paige Parker (Stanfield Elementary), Isaac Russell (Richfield Elementary) and Jennifer Yow (Locust Elementary).
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