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UCPS to name top principal, assistant principal next week

The finalists for Principal of the Year are, top row, from left, Scott Spencer (Shiloh Elementary); Blaire Traywick (Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts); Dr. Jonathan Tyson (Piedmont High School). Finalists for assistant principal of the year are, bottom row, Brian Davis (Parkwood Middle); Pascale Glenn (Sun Valley Middle); and Drusilla Thomas (Sun Valley High).

Three Union County Public Schools principals and three assistant principals are in the running for the top spot, an honor that has been a UCPS tradition for 23 years.

The finalists for principal of the year are Scott Spencer (Shiloh Elementary); Blaire Traywick (Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts); and Dr. Jonathan Tyson (Piedmont High School).

Finalists for assistant principal of the year are Brian Davis (Parkwood Middle); Pascale Glenn (Sun Valley Middle); and Drusilla Thomas (Sun Valley High).

The six finalists were nominated by their peers. The two winners, to be chosen by a panel of judges made up of UCPS principals, will be announced during the Oct. 1, Principal of the Year Luncheon to be held at the Professional Development Center (PDC) on Brewer Drive.

It is fitting that this event is held this month as the National Association of Secondary Principals (NASSP) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) declared October as National Principals Month.

The following are short bios on the three principal of the year candidates:

Scott Spencer is entering his 22nd year in education, his 11th year as an administrator, and fifth year as principal of Shiloh Elementary School.

He earned a bachelor of arts from Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., a master's degree in education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., and an educational specialist's degree in educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla.

Spencer began his career in education in 1994. Prior to coming to Union County, he spent 12 years with the school district of Palm Beach County, Fla. In Palm Beach County, he served as a classroom teacher for 11 years, and one year as an administrator.

He became an assistant principal at Wesley Chapel Elementary School in 2006. He spent two years as an assistant principal at Rea View Elementary School, and served as the assistant principal at Sun Valley Elementary School for two years before coming to Shiloh in 2011.

Spencer was recently chosen as the 2014 Union County EOP Administrator of the Year.

Blaire Traywick has been the principal at Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts since 2012.

She began her educational career as a visual arts teacher in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 1993, and joined the Union County Public School system as an administrator in 2000 at Sun Valley Middle School.

Traywick earned a bachelor of fine arts degree and teaching certification from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

She earned a master’s of school administration from University of North Carolina at Charlotte with honors.

Dr. Jonathan Tyson, a native of Union County, has been the principal at Piedmont High School since 2012.

He graduated from Sun Valley High School in 1997, and then attended Wingate University where he played collegiate basketball and majored in education.

Dr. Tyson taught his first year at East Union Middle School in Marshville in 2001. From there, he taught at Forest Hills High School, beginning in 2004, also serving as the head men’s basketball coach. 


He earned a master’s degree in education from East Carolina University in 2007. After completing the program at East Carolina, he once again attended Wingate University in 2012 and earned a K-12 principal’s certification.

Dr. Tyson graduated from Wingate University in 2013 with a doctoral degree in education. 

The following are short bios on the assistant principal of the year candidates:

Brian Davis has worked in UCPS for 15 years as a teacher and school administrator.

He began his career as an agriculture teacher at Sun Valley High School and then moved to Weddington High School when it opened in 2000.

As an agriculture teacher, Davis taught animal science, horticulture, equine science and landscaping. He also worked as a Future Farmers of America advisor, providing his students with opportunities to travel, to meet new people and to practice what they learned in the classroom.

Davis has been an assistant principal at Monroe High School and Weddington High School. He currently serves as an assistant principal at Parkwood Middle.

He earned a bachelor of science in agriculture and extension education from

North Carolina State University in Raleigh in 1999, and was National Board certified in agriculture education in 2005.

Davis earned a master’s of science in agriculture education from the North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro in 2006, and attended the Educational Leadership Add On Program from Wingate University from 2009 to 2010.

Pascale Glenn, an assistant principal at Sun Valley Middle, began her career in education in 1993 in New York.

Fluent in both Spanish and French, she became an elementary school teacher in New York in 1998, then took a position as an elementary school teacher in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 2000. Glenn then went with Cabarrus County Schools in 2003, and became an assistant principal at Sun Valley Middle School in 2006.

Glenn earned a bachelor’s degree from Bernard M. Baruch College in New York, a master’s from Adelphi University in New York in 1995, and a master’s in school administration from Gardner-Webb University in 2005. 

She graduated from the Leadership Program for Aspiring Principals at UNC-Charlotte in 2008 and is currently enrolled in the doctorate program with Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs.

Dru Thomas has been in education for more than 20 years. She has been a middle school teacher, high school teacher and a middle and high school assistant principal.

Thomas began her teaching career at Randolph Middle School in Charlotte in 1990, then served as a science teacher in the Parkwood community for 12 years, beginning in 1995.

She has taught algebra, earth science, physical science, biology, chemistry, and AP chemistry.

Thomas was an assistant principal at East Union Middle for five years, beginning in 2008, and has been serving the Sun Valley community since 2013.

She earned a bachelor's degree from East Carolina University and a master’s from UNC-Charlotte.

Written by: Deb Bledsoe - UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Sep 17, 2015 by Deb Bledsoe

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