Greenwood's Haislip picked as 'Principal of the Year'
SANFORD, Nov 17, 2012 (Menafn - The Sanford Herald - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --Greenwood Elementary School is on a roll. Earlier this year, it was named the county's best elementary school in the 2011-12 school year, winning the Head of the Class award. And now, Principal Vicki Haislip has been named Principal of the Year for Lee County.
With the recognition, Haislip will be in the running -- along with principals from the state's other 114 school districts -- for the statewide 2013 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year award. She will win 150 for the local recognition, and if she's named a regional finalist, she will get 1,000 for herself and 1,000 for Greenwood, donated by Wells Fargo. If she's named the overall winner, both of those rewards increase to 3,000.
"It's an extreme honor to represent the group of administrators of the caliber we have in Lee County," said Haislip, who said she was shocked by the award. Beyond honoring her, the principal said, "I hope they recognize we are doing great things for children here. We're not only having success with test scores and academics, but we try really hard to teach the whole child."
Haislip has been with Lee County Schools for 31 years. She began her career teaching third, fourth and fifth grades at Jonesboro Elementary School and J.R. Ingram Elementary School. She later worked as a Title I Reading and Focused Intervention Specialist at Greenwood before becoming the school's assistant principal in 2006. Haislip has been Greenwood's principal since 2010.
To win the award, Haislip must first be named the best principal in the Sandhills/South Central Region. She will be up against the winners from Moore, Harnett, Robeson, Montgomery, Cumberland, Hoke, Richmond, Scotland and Bladen counties. Last year, the region's finalist was Sara Bigley, principal of Pinehurst Elementary School in Moore County, and the statewide winner was from a Guilford County elementary school.
Haislip said she is preparing a portfolio to turn in at the end of the month, which is required to advance in the competition.
Reflecting on her school's recent accomplishments, she said, "It's just been an extremely awesome year for Greenwood."
Lee County's Jo Ann Bowman, then the principal of J. Glenn Edwards Elementary School, won the statewide award in 1995. No other principals from the district have advanced to the finalist stage since at least 2005, which is as far back as those records go. The contest has been co-sponsored by Wells Fargo and the N.C. Department of Pubic Education since 1984.
Frank Thompson Jr., of Lee County High School, and Delores Caviness, of West Lee Middle School, were named Assistant Principals of the Year for the district.
Thompson has been employed by Lee County Schools for 25 years. He began his career as a physical education teacher at Greenwood before transferring to Broadway Elementary School, where he spent 13 years. He moved into administration in 2000 as the assistant principal at B.T. Bullock Elementary School and has also served as principal at J.R. Ingram.
Caviness is in her sixth year as assistant principal at West Lee Middle School. She began her teaching career as a business education teacher. Caviness has also served as a testing coordinator, as well as a vocational and High Schools That Work coordinator.
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