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Dr. Kevin Plue named UCPS Principal of the Year

UCPS Principal of the Year, 2014-2015, Dr. Kevin Plue with 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. The announcement was 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.

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

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.

Written by: Deb Bledsoe
Posted: Oct 03, 2014 by Melissa Howell

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