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Forest Hills Principal Wanda Little chosen Principal of Year
Forest Hills High School Principal Wanda Little has been chosen by her peers as the Union County Public Schools 2009-2010 Principal of the Year.
The announcement was made during Thursdayâ€™s (Oct. 1, 2009) annual Principal and Assistant Principals Awards Luncheon held at the UCPS Professional Development Center on Brewer Drive.
Little said she was surprised when she heard her name called. â€œI was ranked with the best that the county has to offer,â€ she said. â€œWho would have thought it would have been me. Itâ€™s a thrill, itâ€™s a shock and itâ€™s an honor; a very nice honor.â€
Upon accepting the award, Little complimented all the Union County principals and assistant principals. â€œSomeone once said, â€˜Behind every great student there is a great leader,â€™ so look around you. There are 53 great leaders in Union County and Iâ€™m just proud to be one of them. To be one of the top four was awesome and to win this is phenomenal. Iâ€™m so excited for Forest Hills and the Forest Hills cluster. I love what I do and I think thatâ€™s why weâ€™re what we are.â€
Little said she attempted to count how many students that have crossed her path since becoming an educator. â€œI counted between 8,000 to 10,000 students that I have had or may have touched,â€ she said.
Having a great assistant principal staff, Little said, made the difference. â€œ(UCPS retired principal) Archie Price told me to make a mark and surround myself with good people, and I do have the best AP (assistant principal) staff in the county,â€ she said. â€œI think they have made me look like Iâ€™ve been doing everything that Iâ€™m supposed to be doing.â€
Samantha Adams from Shiloh Elementary was chosen as the 2009-2010 Assistant Principal of the Year. â€œIâ€™m humbled and Iâ€™m honored to be here, to stand among these nominees,â€ she said upon accepting the award. â€œTo even fall into that category is an honor. But this is not about me. Itâ€™s about the people who are around me every single day. They help me grow. They push me. Itâ€™s about being a team. I am who I am because of those around me.â€
At the close of the program, UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis commended all the principals and assistant principals for their hard work.
â€œThe underlying theme here is that you all are in positions where you make a difference,â€ Davis said. â€œYou are making differences in the lives of children and teachers on a daily basis.â€
Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Oct 02, 2009 by Deb Coates Bledsoe