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Rob Jackson chosen as 2010-11 UCPS Principal of the Year

Lisa Taylor, assistant principal at Porter Ridge Elementary, reacts to the news that she has been named the 2010-2011 Assistant Principal of the Year. The announcement came during Thursday’s annual Principal and Assistant Principal Awards Luncheon.

The Union County Public Schools Principal of the Year luncheon truly went global this year, when the winner was present via a Skype message from Denmark.

Cuthbertson High School Principal Rob Jackson has been chosen by his peers as the Union County Public Schools 2010-2011 Principal of the Year. The announcement was made during Thursday’s (Oct. 7, 2010) annual Principal and Assistant Principal Awards Luncheon held at the UCPS Professional Development Center on Brewer Drive.

Jackson, who is currently visiting schools in Denmark (thanks to a grant from UNC-Chapel Hill), was present at the luncheon via “Skype.”

Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice and video calls to other Skype users (around the world) over the Internet free of charge.

Upon accepting the Principal of the Year award, Jackson spoke about the advances of technology that allowed him to be at the luncheon. “I’m three or four time zones away. It’s nighttime here, and we’re conversing real time, one-to-one. Globalization isn’t the future for our kids, it is today.”

Jackson said he is honored to have been chosen. “I want to thank you for the recognition today,” he said. “It is certainly the proudest moment I’ve had in my professional career, not for myself, but for the teachers and students at Cuthbertson High School.”

Lisa Taylor from Porter Ridge Elementary was chosen as the 2010-2011 Assistant Principal of the Year. “I appreciate (Principal) Wanda (Stegall) so much. She lets me take initiative and she has faith in my decisions. I feel like I’ve grown so much in the last few years. I’m in a room with people I admire so much,” she said. “I want to be like so many of you, and I appreciate you being role models for me.”

At the close of the program, UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis commended all the principals and assistant principals for their hard work.

“The underlying theme here is that you all are in positions where you make a difference,” Davis said. “You are making differences in the lives of children and teachers on a daily basis.”

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Oct 08, 2010 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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