NEWS RELEASES 2009-10 :: APRIL 1, 2010


Glenn C. Marlow Elementary School Principal Jan King today was named the 2010 Wachovia North Carolina Principal of the Year during a luncheon ceremony held in Cary. The Henderson County Schools' principal succeeds South Brunswick High School (Brunswick County Schools) Principal Vann Pennell.

"We have supported North Carolina's Principal of the Year Program for more than 25 years now, and we are proud to demonstrate our commitment to education by continuing our support this year," said Jack Clayton, Triangle East regional president for Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company. "At Wachovia, we believe that we are responsible for promoting the long-term prosperity and quality of life for everyone in our communities. This program allows us to honor exceptional school leaders like Jan King for the work they do to prepare young people for successful futures."

State Superintendent June Atkinson commended King on her selection saying, "Jan sets a high standard for herself and her staff. She encourages creativity, responsibility and commitment in her school community. As a result, Glenn Marlow Elementary is a school where others want to teach and where parents are happy to send their children."

State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison also congratulated King and thanked Wachovia for its faithful sponsorship of this recognition program. "We are truly fortunate to have dedicated educators such as Jan King leading our public schools. I had the opportunity last year to visit Glenn Marlow Elementary and it became quickly apparent that Jan is an outstanding educational leader. Wachovia's sponsorship enables us to give her the spotlight she so richly deserves," said Harrison. He added that he looks forward to working with King and benefiting from her wisdom as an advisor to the State Board of Education. "She will represent her peers well," he said.

King attributes her success to the support she has received from the district over her educational career. "I have spent 17 years with Henderson County Schools - my entire professional career. The district has raised me in so many ways, providing opportunities for professional growth and leadership. It has always been my desire to give them an excellent return on that investment," King said.

King received an Associate of Arts degree from Peace College in 1990, a Bachelor of Science in Social Science Education from Western Carolina University in 1992, and a Masters of Arts in School Administration from Gardner Webb University in 2007. During her career, she has served as a classroom teacher, high school instructional coach, assistant principal and now principal. She was named Henderson County Schools' Teacher of the Year and achieved National Board Certification in 2003. She plans on pursuing the administrative equivalent of National Board Certification once the program is available.

She has made a number of presentations at local, state and national events including the North Carolina Gifted Education Conference, North Carolina Social Studies Conference and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Conference. In addition, she served as a teacher leader and a consultant for the Library of Congress American Memory Fellow Program.

King was selected from among eight regional finalists following interviews and on-site visits by a statewide selection committee. The other regional finalists were: North Central Region: John Wall, North Garner Middle (Wake County Schools); Northeast Region: Dianne Meiggs, Hertford Grammar (Perquimans County Schools); Northwest Region: Todd Wirt, Mooresville Senior High (Mooresville Graded Schools); Southeast Region: Julie Duclos-Greenwood, Murrayville Elementary (New Hanover County Schools); Southwest Region: Kirby Oldham, G.E. Massey Elementary (Lincoln County Schools); Sandhills/South Central Region: ReneƩ Jackson, Lake Rim Elementary (Cumberland County Schools); and Piedmont-Triad/Central Region: Chris Blice, Northwood High (Chatham County Schools). Each regional finalist received $1,500 for their school and $1,500 for personal use.

King will receive an additional $3,000 for her school and $3,000 for personal use. She also will be appointed to the State Superintendent's Principals' Advisory Committee, serve a one-year term as advisor to the State Board of Education, serve a one-year term on the Board of Directors for the NC Public School Forum, and will chair the 2011 Wachovia North Carolina Principal of the Year Selection Committee.

The Wachovia North Carolina Principal of the Year program is sponsored in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation. In its 26th year, the program provides a unique opportunity to recognize outstanding principals from North Carolina public schools.

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About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

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