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Breedlove, Richert named 2013-14 administrators of the year
The 2013-14 Union County Public Schools Principal of the Year is Brad Breedlove, principal at Monroe High School, while the Assistant Principal of the Year is Kathleen Richert from Weddington Middle School.
The announcement was made at Thursday’s (Oct. 17, 2013) Principal of the Year Luncheon held at the Professional Development Center on Brewer Drive.
Breedlove was chosen from six finalists, all nominated by their peers. The other finalists were Sam Basden (Porter Ridge High School), Dr. Mike Henderson (Wingate Elementary School) Dr. Kevin Plue (Forest Hills High School), Sherry Richardson (Rocky River Elementary), and Blaire Traywick (Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts (BHESA).
After being chosen, Breedlove thanked his mentors, including the former Monroe High School principal with whom he worked, now Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mike Webb. “He left big shoes to fill,” Breedlove said. “Receiving this award is a direct result of the support and the mentorship that we get every day. I know I can always pick up the phone and call Central Services and get that support.”
Breedlove said he accepted the award on behalf of Monroe High School, the students and the teachers at his school who support children. “This is much more than just Brad Breedlove, and I know that. And to be representative of this great crowd here, each and every one of you are principals of the year at any given moment. This is an honor and I’m extremely humbled. Thank you.”
There were four assistant principal candidates in the running for the top spot: Brian Gray (Parkwood High School), Dr. Brian Patience (Porter Ridge Middle), Kathleen Richert (Weddington Middle School) and Tracy Strickland (Piedmont High School).
“I’m shocked,” Richert said after being chosen. “It’s such an honor. This truly is the best place to be. I can’t wait for my children to be in this school system and be educated by all of you.”
Richert thanked Dr. Ellis and the cabinet staff for giving her the opportunity to work in UCPS as an assistant principal and serve the children of Union County. She thanked her current principal Steve Wray at Weddington Middle (last year’s Principal of the Year), and took the opportunity to thank her mentor, her former principal at Porter Ridge High School, Sam Basden.
“He has truly been an amazing mentor,” she said. “I made some mistakes over the year, but Sam always stood by me and taught me how to walk the walk and how to be there for our kids. This is truly an honor. I know how amazing everyone in this room is. I’ve worked with you.”
UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis spoke at the end of the luncheon.
“Today is a good day in Union County Public Schools because we get to serve the 41,987 children that parents have entrusted to us. Congratulations to all of you. You’re all winners, whether you get a plaque or not.”
Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Oct 17, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe