Union County Public Schools named Donna Cook Principal of the Year during a luncheon Thursday, Oct. 13. Cook, a 19 year veteran of the school system, serves as the principal for Waxhaw’s Rea View Elementary. She worked as principal at Unionville Elementary for 10 years, before moving over to Rea View when it opened in 2007. Cook’s husband Bill is principal at Marvin Ridge High School.
“I obviously have very good family support,” Cook said, upon receiving the award. “I have some built in, talking it through, problem solving support from Bill, and our boys are super understanding about having parents whose work and lives have to blend together.”
Cook also thanked her colleagues for their support.
“I view this as a room of kindred spirits, because we all know the responsibilities that we’re carrying, and it’s so wonderful to know that we do support each other,” Cook said. “We know and understand the challenges. I find the work very challenging and rewarding. I’m very humbled to be chosen, because I know the great work and the smart people that you are. Thank you for giving me the chance to represent you.”
At the close of the program, UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis commended all the principals and assistant principals for their hard work. “I appreciate you and the work that you do,” Davis said. “You’re what makes this a great school system. We celebrate all principals and assistant principals today.”
– Information for this article was provided by the Union County Public Schools Communications Office