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Scott Spencer, Brian Davis named as top administrators
Shiloh Elementary Principal Scott Spencer wants his students to remember that he cared about them, and he loved and had pride in his school.
Parkwood Middle Assistant Principal Brian Davis wants his students to remember that he genuinely cared that they were successful and that he did everything he could to make that happen.
These are just a couple of reasons why Spencer and Davis were recognized by their peers as being the top in their respective roles.
Spencer was chosen as the 2015-16 Union County Public Schools Principal of the Year, while Davis was chosen as the Assistant Principal of the Year. The announcements were made at Thursday’s (Oct. 1) Principal of the Year Luncheon held at the Professional Development Center on Brewer Drive.
Spencer, a 22-year veteran educator, has spent the past 11 years as an administrator; five of those as principal of Shiloh Elementary School. He said he followed two great principals at Shiloh – Mike Henderson and Linda Fritz.
“I’ve always tried to live up to that leadership each and every day, because they set the bar so high,” Spencer said. “But I also try to carve out my own path and leave my own imprint on the school. I want to thank all of you who have been such a positive influence on me. I take this recognition very humbly. I’m honored to be amongst great, great educators. And I have to say that my father has been my best teacher. This is for you, dad.”
Spencer said he comes to school each day because he loves being there. “I love the people I work with. I love interacting with the parents, as well. I would love for the students to grow up remembering that I was someone who truly cared about them as people, not just test scores or numbers on a report card.”
The two other finalists for principal of the year were Blaire Traywick (Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts) and Dr. Jonathan Tyson (Piedmont High School).
Davis, who was chosen as this year’s assistant principal of the year, is beginning his 16th year in education.
“It means a lot to me just to be selected by my peers,” Davis said. “There are so many great administrators in this county. Just to know that there are some people who recognize some of the things that we do means a lot to me. Everybody works hard. I appreciate the opportunity and the honor.”
Davis said seeing students being successful is a huge motivator and keeps him coming back every day.
“Just yesterday I had a former student stop by my house, he was moving to Washington, DC, and he wanted to share with me how much my working with him had meant to him, and he wanted to share the successes he’s had. That was nice,” Davis said.
The two other finalists for assistant principal of the year were Pascale Glenn (Sun Valley Middle) and Drusilla Thomas (Sun Valley High).
UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis closed out the luncheon with final remarks, congratulating the winners and the finalists.
“We all serve the greater good,” Ellis said. “Our jobs are not about ourselves. We are charged with serving children. Union County is in the top in every category. It’s not because of me; it’s about you and your selection of good people to teach our children. I salute you for the good things each of you are doing for the children of Union County. I thank each and every one of you for what you give up and what you do every day, because lesser people could not do it.”
Union Power Cooperative and the Union County Education Foundation donated $1,000 to Shiloh Elementary in honor of Spencer’s award.
It is appropriate that the principal and assistant principal of the year are chosen in October. The National Association of Secondary Principals (NASSP) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) declared October as National Principals Month.
For a more in-depth look at all the finalists, watch this UCPS Principal of the Year video.
Written by: Deb Bledsoe - UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Oct 01, 2015 by Deb Bledsoe