MONROE – Sharyn VonCannon fought back tears as she described to colleagues how unbelievable, humbling and amazing it felt to be named 2019-20 Union County Public Schools Principal of the Year.
VonCannon has worked 12 years as principal at Unionville Elementary School.
“This is an honor for me, my staff, my community and our children. It truly feels like a community award,” she said. “I’m a product of Union County Public Schools, and to me, this award is confirmation that I made it because of people sitting in that room. So many people have nurtured me, and to be nominated among such an amazing group of peers is amazing. This is truly a village award.”
Not only does Unionville Elementary continue to maintain a NC State Report Card grade of an A, but it regularly meets and exceeds growth each year.
Unionville Elementary is also home to a thriving Spanish Dual Language Immersion program and was the first school in the district and the second school in the state to achieve the NC Model Global Ready School distinction.
VonCannon is hesitant to take any of the credit. Instead, she credits the work of her team.
“I lead with my heart because I believe that people are our greatest assets. None of us would be as successful as we are without a collective group of professionals that support us,” she said. “I also know that leading with a growth mindset has to start with myself. I go to trainings with my staff and roll up my sleeves so that I learn beside them. I never ask them to grow, I ask us to grow.”
Union County Education Foundation members and sponsors presented her with a $2,000 check, half of which will be donated to Unionville Elementary. The other half will go toward her personal use.