10/29/11 System picks top principal, assistant

System picks top principal, assistant
Cynthia McKee, Pam Henline honored with award
By Mike Wilder The Times-News 10/29/11     
Reprinted with permission.

   Two administrators in the Alamance-Burlington School System had their days brightened Friday.


   Cynthia McKee, the principal at Alexander Wilson Elementary School, was chosen as the system’s Principal of the Year. The award is sponsored by Wells Fargo and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

   Pam Henline, an assistant principal at Broadview Middle School, was chosen as the system’s Assistant Principal of the Year.

   McKee and other school system Principal of the Year winners will compete for the regional honor in the Piedmont Triad/Central Region of North Carolina, competing with principals from other regions for the statewide honor.

   McKee has been Alexander Wilson’s principal since 2008. She was previously a principal in Hickory and in Catawba.

    A nomination letter from a staff member in support of McKee said she sets the tone for the school.

   “The passion and love for the students, fellow teachers and faculty begins with the principal,” the letter reads. “Setting high expectations is what drives our school and our students to achieve the things they do not just at school, but also in the community and in their homes.”

   The writer of the letter is interested in becoming a principal because of McKee’s example.

   Henline’s career includes 24 years of combined service in the former Burlington City Schools and the Alamance-Burlington system. She is in her eighth year as an administrator at Broadview. Before that, while working at Broadview and Cummings High School, she taught physical education, served as athletic director, and coached girls’ basketball, softball and volleyball.

   A nomination letter submitted on behalf of Henline praised her relationships with students and teachers.

   “Students enter Broadview and find hope and knowledge working with Ms. Henline,” it says. “I have seen her take students and staff under her wing and help them to become better at their job. She also demonstrates on a daily basis how we as teachers should enjoy working with students and staff.”

   For the first time this year, Herb Niparts, a local representative of Horace Mann Insurance, will present both the local Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year with a monetary award for her school and a gift card to a local restaurant. Wells Fargo will give McKee a cash award.

   McKee and Henline were surprised Friday with a visit from Superintendent Lillie Cox and Mark Doane, the system’s director or teacher recruitment and retention. McKee was already having an out-of-the-ordinary day, dressing as a coach for a school Relay for Life event.