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Principal Brad Breedlove named High School Principal of the Year

The North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association (NCPAPA) has named Monroe High School Principal Brad Breedlove as its High School Principal of the Year.

Monroe High School Principal Brad Breedlove has been chosen by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association (NCPAPA) as its High School Principal of the Year.

The organization is also nominating Breedlove as the National High School Principal of the year. He was in the media center at his school, recognizing his teachers in honor of teacher appreciation week, when he was given the news.

“I was completely shocked and moved as the teachers clapped and congratulated me,” he said, adding that part of the reason he received the recognition was because of his outstanding staff and amazing students. 

“This award was given to me because of the many great things our students and staff are doing each day and I am so very lucky to be the principal of Monroe High School,” Breedlove said.

“Being selected as the North Carolina High School Principal of the Year is such a big honor and I am very happy for my students and staff because this recognition is a reflection on them and the hard work they have put in all school year. Monroe High School is an awesome place to be!”

In a congratulatory letter, NCPAPA Executive Director Dr. Shirley Prince congratulated Breedlove, noting he stood out among other high school principals.

“Through our association with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, NCPAPA is able to select one high school principal to bestow this honor upon,” she said. “We congratulate you on being recognized for your outstanding achievement.”

Breedlove was also named the 2014 Wells Fargo Southwest Regional Principal of the Year in January, after being chosen as the 2013-14 Union County Public Schools Principal of the Year in October 2013.     

After having taught school for six years (social studies at Sun Valley High 1999-2005), Breedlove became an assistant principal at Monroe High School in 2005. He was then named principal at Weddington High School in 2007, where he remained for five years.

There have been big changes at his current school. When he was named principal at Monroe High in the summer of 2012, the graduation rate was 73.7 percent.

One year later, it had risen to 84.4 percent. “We did a lot of work that first year. We’re still plugging away,” he said.

Even though the graduation rate increased 10 percent in one year, Breedlove said he still isn’t satisfied.

“What if, out of 100 students, you’re one of the 16? Then it’s not so awesome. We always want to push the envelope to find ways for students to meet that goal for graduation.”

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: May 08, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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