On Wednesday, September 28, the Wayne County Public Schools (WCPS) Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association (PAPA) named Spring Creek Middle principal, Kevin Smith, the WCPS 2016 Principal of the Year, as part of the Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year program.
Mr. Smith has 22 years of education experience and has served in his present position since 2015. Before becoming principal at Spring Creek Middle, he spent three years as principal of Rosewood Middle and four years as assistant principal at Spring Creek High. Prior to transitioning to school administration, he served as a teacher at Charles B. Aycock High and Norwayne Middle. Mr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in school administration.
Local principals of the year receive $150 and will represent their district in the regional Principal of the Year program, and possibly the state competition next spring.
“Mr. Smith is a highly effective school administrator and is very much deserving of this award,” states Dr. Michael Dunsmore, WCPS Superintendent. “He was nominated by his peers and selected for this award because of his character and commitment to providing the best education possible for students. We wish him the very best as he moves on to the next stage of the Principal of the Year program.”
In addition to selecting the district’s Principal of the Year, the district’s PAPA named Christy Straughan-Haley, the elementary curriculum specialist for Brogden Primary, the WCPS 2016 Elementary Curriculum Specialist of the Year. Since 2007, the district’s PAPA has given this award to locally recognize an outstanding assistant principal or elementary curriculum specialist who has proven themselves as hard working, dedicated to meeting student needs, and as someone who goes above and beyond what is required of them.
“Mrs. Straughan-Haley was selected be her peers for this award because of her dedication and leadership as a school administrator. We congratulate her on this achievement,” adds Dr. Dunsmore.
Mrs. Straughan-Haley began her education career in 1993 as an interim Grades 6-9 Resource Teacher at Norwayne Middle. Over the next 20 years she taught in three school districts across North Carolina, working as a teacher, a Literacy Coach, and a curriculum facilitator. In 2013, she transitioned to school administration as an assistant principal at Brogden Middle, where she served until joining Brogden Primary this fall. Mrs. Straughan-Haley holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and K-12 Reading, a master’s degree in Education Instruction, and a certification in school administration.
Both Mr. Smith and Mrs. Straughan-Haley will be officially recognized at the Wayne County Board of Education Meeting on October 3.