School district honors top principal
BY AMELIA HARPER
Saturday, October 28, 2017
An Edgecombe County native and product of Edgecombe County Public Schools has been named the school district’s 2017-18 Principal of the Year.
Lois Glass, principal of Stocks Elementary School, has been awarded the honor despite it being only the second year she has served in the capacity of principal. Before that, Glass served for four years as an assistant principal.
“I am very thankful that this honor has been bestowed on me, especially since I have only served one year as a principal,” Glass told the Telegram. “I was very surprised to get the award.”
Edgcombe County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Valerie Bridges praised Glass.
"We are proud of Mrs. Glass’s hard work and dedication to Stocks Elementary School, our students, staff and our community,” Bridges said in a press release. “She is a veteran educator, a graduate of Edgecombe County Public Schools and an excellent selection to represent us as Principal of the Year.”
Glass was chosen by a community panel of stakeholders who evaluated her portfolio. She now will represent Edgecombe County Public Schools in a regional competition to become the Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year.
At the local level, principals are judged on many criteria, the release stated. Each principal is expected to merit the respect and admiration of students, teachers and other professional coworkers, parents and members of his or her community. Involvement in the community, as well as in school activities, also is considered. Candidates are expected to provide opportunities for academic achievement to a diverse student population.
Glass said her educational philosophy reflects faith in the ability of every student to learn and the realization that relationship-building is an important part of the learning process.
“All children can learn and develop, no matter what level they come from,” Glass said. “Children come from a lot of different backgrounds and experiences. We have to build relationships with them, to get to know them and their families, before we can truly know them and their needs. Then we can begin to address those needs and help them learn.”
Glass also expressed her appreciation for the people who have supported her.
“I would like to thank my family, friends and colleagues for their continued support throughout the years. A heartfelt thanks to Superintendent Bridges and the school board for entrusting me to lead the students and staff at Stocks Elementary School,” Glass said.