For the 2016 Lenoir County Principal of the Year, team’s the thing.
“The entire staff is so crucial to the success of a school and I can truly say it is my mission to establish a family-oriented environment where students and staff feel they are safe and valued so teaching and learning can take place,” said Rhonda Greene, who started as principal at Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School this year after two years as principal at Northwest Elementary School.
Greene’s selection as 2016 Principal of the Year was announced at a recent meeting of LCPS principals and district senior staff. Superintendent Brent Williams (at right in photo below) and South Lenoir High School principal Steve Saint-Amand, the 2015 Principal of the Year, extended congratulations.
“I want to congratulate Mrs. Greene for being named LCPS Principal of the Year for 2016-2017. This is a well-deserved honor. Mrs. Greene has distinguished herself with hard work, a great deal of positive determination, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to help our children to grow and to thrive. She is, indeed, a fine example of outstanding leadership,” Williams said.
As the district’s Principal of the Year, Greene will represent LCPS in the process to select a top principal for the 13-county Southeast Region. In that process, principals are judged on the basis of a portfolio highlighting personal and professional accomplishments and an interview, scheduled for December. The region’s Principal of the Year is to be announced next spring.
The superintendent added: “I am certain that Mrs. Greene will represent our school system well not only in the upcoming regional competition, but also throughout each day of this school year as our 2016-2017 Principal of the Year.”
Greene was selected earlier in October from a group of three finalists based on an interview, resume and a questionnaire that asked the candidates to elaborate on their aims as a principal and the philosophy that guides them.
“I'm very excited to be representing Lenoir County as Principal of the Year,” Greene said. “I love this county, this school district and the people and students that live here!”
Lenoir County’s representative could not be more local. A native of Lenoir County and graduate of North Lenoir High School, she holds a number of degrees from East Carolina University, including a master’s degree in learning disabilities and certifications in regular education and in administration. She was spent her entire 26-year career in education with Lenoir County Public Schools.
Her views about school leadership are informed not only by her years in the principal’s office but by those many years in the classroom.
She spent 21 years as a teacher at Northwest Elementary School, first in an exceptional children’s classroom, then as a third- and fourth-grade teacher. She worked for two years as an assistant principal at E.B. Frink Middle School before returning to Northwest as principal.
Among her accomplishments at Northwest was leading the school last spring to a notable performance on state standardized tests. Northwest was one of two schools in the district where students exceeded expectations for academic growth.
Such successes aside, the breath and depth of Greene’s experience grounds her approach to the work of a principal in reality. “Things don’t always go smoothly,” she said. “Everyone does not always get along, but this is real life. We work through any issues and because we work through them together we have stronger bonds. We approach the challenges in education as a team, with a common purpose.”
Greene and her husband, Kent, have two college-age children, daughter Blythe and son Braxton.
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