MONROE – Carole Alley was “absolutely shocked” when she heard her name announced as 2018-19 Principal of the Year.
Speaking to her colleagues at the annual Union County Public Schools Principal of the Year luncheon on Oct. 4, Alley said even being nominated for Principal of the Year was an honor.
“There are so many deserving and outstanding leaders and principals in our district. I’m extremely humbled to receive this award,” she said. “We all work very hard in our schools, and this award is an acknowledgment of the work that we do.”
Alley, who joined Parkwood High as its principal in 2016, is quick to credit the Parkwood community and staff with the school’s overall success in recent years. Parkwood High met growth in 2016-17 and exceeded growth in 2017-18, an accomplishment that Carole attributes to the teachers’ commitment to their students and school’s overall mission.
When asked what she loves most about being a principal, Alley said it’s helping to create a positive high school experience for all of her students.
“I love when the students stop by my office and talk to me about how the school year is going. To see the excitement on their faces when they make a good grade or catch a touchdown pass is what makes it all worth it,” she said.
Gray named top assistant principal
Union County Public Schools named Brian Gray its Assistant Principal of the Year.
Gray served as an administrator at Parkwood middle and high schools before joining Weddington Middle in 2015. He and his school each received $500 from the Union County Education Foundation.
“The connections you make with students and the times when they contact you 10 or 15 years later just to say thank you – it’s why I’m here and it’s why I love my job,” Gray said.