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Dr. Kevin Plue named Principal of the Year, Dr. Brian Patience named Assistant Principal of the Year

Dr. Kevin Plue, principal at Forest Hills High School, at left, and Dr. Brian Patience, assistant principal at Porter Ridge Middle School, have been named the 2014-15 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 2014-15 Union County Public Schools Principal of the Year is Dr. Kevin Plue, principal at Forest Hills High School, and the Assistant Principal of the Year is Dr. Brian Patience from Porter Ridge Middle School.

The announcements were made at Thursday’s (Oct. 2, 2014) Principal of the Year Luncheon held at the Professional Development Center on Brewer Drive.

Plue was chosen from four finalists, all nominated by their peers. The other finalists were Sherry Richardson (Rocky River Elementary), Tom Childers (Walter Bickett Elementary) and Dr. Wendy Gravely (Wesley Chapel Elementary).

After being chosen, Plue thanked his peers for being nominated and talked about his role as principal.

“I look at each job that I’ve had in my career as an opportunity to make a difference,” Plue said. “That’s providence. You can be put in places where it’s not a good fit and you can’t make a difference, but I’ve been lucky to have been put in places where I could make a difference, places that have fit me. I’m thankful for that and to all the people and places where I’ve been. Thank you so much, I'm humbled.”

Plue received a certificate and a plaque. He was also presented $1,000 from the Union County Education Foundation to be used at his school for whatever project he deems necessary.

There were three assistant principal candidates in the running for the top spot: Dr. Brian Patience (Porter Ridge Middle), Pascale Glenn (Sun Valley Middle), and Michelle Gray (East Union Middle).

After being named, Patience thanked the principals he has worked for, Tim Conner, Dr. Bashawn Harris and Lee Casey Jr. and the peers who nominated him.

“Thank you for this honor,” Patience said. “It means a great deal. I really appreciate it. I’ll continue to be the best that I can be for Union County Public Schools.”

Prior to the announcements of this year’s winners, the 2013-14 UCPS Principal of the Year, Brad Breedlove, shared his reflections over the past year.

“UCPS has a great reputation,” Breedlove said. “Everywhere you go, everyone knows about Union County Public Schools. When you go to state level and they say, ‘Oh, you’re from Union County. Tell me about this that you’re doing.’ It was awesome to be a part of that and knowing that you’re doing things right.”

UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis closed out the luncheon with final remarks, congratulating the winners and the finalists.

“You all rock,” Ellis said. “You know the difference you make in children’s lives. And to all of you in this room, you make a difference every day. As long as you and I continue to put children first, Union County Public Schools will continue to be among the top, not just in North Carolina, but in the United States.”

“Teachers have to have someone to whom they look up, someone in whom they can trust. I am grateful as a mother, grandmother, as a citizen of Union County for the ladies and gentlemen in this room because you are the best we have to offer to our children. And it is all about our children,” Ellis added.

Plue will now go on to compete for the regional top principal title.

For a more indepth look at all the finalist, watch this UCPS Principal of the Year video.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Oct 02, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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