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Weddington Middle's Steve Wray chosen UCPS Principal of the Year

Steve Wray, principal at Weddington Middle School, at left, and Kim Fisenne, assistant principal at Marvin Ridge High School, have been named the 2012-13 Union County Principal of the Year and the Union County Assistant Principal of the Year. Also pictured, center, is UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis.

The 2012-13 Union County Public Schools Principal of the Year is Steve Wray, a four-year veteran principal at Weddington Middle School.

The announcement was made at Thursday’s (Oct. 4, 2012) Principal of the Year Luncheon. “I am honored and humbled to have been chosen,” he said. “Every principal in this room is deserving of this title.”

Upon accepting the Principal of the Year award, Wray thanked the UCPS administration for giving him the opportunity and the trust to lead Weddington Middle. He then thanked his mentors, Parkwood High School Principal Jan Hollis and Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Program Dr. John Jones, for their guidance and influence.

He credited his choice to be an educator to his parents. His mother, Toni Wray, was a first-grade teacher and his father, Glenn Wray, was a high school dropout. “He told me I was going to college. Every summer he made me work in the fields of neighboring farms and then he would say, ‘Now you know why I want you to go to college’.”

Wray has been in education for 14 years. He moved to Union County from Virginia in 2005 as a six-year veteran teacher. He has been the principal at Weddington Middle since 2008.

During the luncheon, Kim Fisenne, assistant principal at Marvin Ridge High School, was named the 2012-13 Union County Assistant Principal of the Year. She has been with UCPS for eight years and became an assistant principal at Sandy Ridge Elementary in 2005.

Fisenne said she was honored for being chosen and thanked her peers for being nominated and given the top assistant principal title.

The two winners were chosen by a panel of judges made up of UCPS principals. She and Wray were among six finalists, three for assistant principal of the year and three for principal of the year. Principal of the Year finalists were Wray, Sam Basden (Porter Ridge High School) and Sherry Richardson (Rocky River Elementary). The three assistant principal finalists were Fisenne, Kevin Nesteruk (Cuthbertson Middle) and Dr. Kim Vague (Parkwood Middle).

During the luncheon, the Union County Education Foundation announced that it will annually provide a $1,000 grant to the UCPS Principal of The Year’s school in their honor to fund any educational initiative in keeping with the Foundation’s overall mission objectives.

At the close of the program, UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis commended all the principals and assistant principals for their hard work. “You’ve got a tough job,” she said. “My hat is off to you. I thank you for doing the right thing for the right reasons.”

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Oct 05, 2012 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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