Butler High School Assistant Principal Kim Andrews has been named North Carolina Assistant Principal of the Year by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association (NCPAPA).
“I got the call and I was so surprised,” Andrews said. “I think the only thing I said was, ‘Wow.’ I couldn’t think of anything to say.”
Andrews was nominated for the award by a teacher at Butler. She doesn’t know who submitted her name for the honor, but accepted the nomination and moved on with the next steps, which included some significant homework assignments.
“I had to fill out the application and write three essays,” she said. “The first was about the ways we use data to drive student achievement and the second was how we work at Butler to build a sense of community. I also wrote about the importance of professional development, and that is really my passion. If my teachers say they need something, I’ll find a way to get it. I’ll do almost anything to help them teach our students better.”
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and Virco Inc. annually honor a winner from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). From this pool of outstanding administrators, three national finalists will be named in February and one national winner will be chosen at NASSP’s national convention in March in Phoenix. The national finalists each receive a grant of $1,500 and the national winner receives a grant of $5,000.
“CMS employees work every day to ensure our students have the best education possible,” said Superintendent Dr. Peter C. Gorman. “When one of our assistant principals is honored for being at the top of her profession, it shows that we are serious about our commitment and that we are succeeding in our efforts.”
Andrews came to CMS in 1995, when she accepted a job as a seventh-grade teacher at Northeast Middle School. She also taught at Providence High School and Jay M. Robinson Middle School before becoming an assistant principal at Butler four years ago. She has been the school’s assistant principal of instruction for three years. Andrews has a master’s degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and is currently working on her doctorate at Wingate University.
Butler Principal Theresa Hopkins wasn’t surprised Andrews won the state award. “One of the things that is significant with this award is its focus on the changing face of education. Kim always embraces new ideas and 21st-century technology. She has been very creative with the ways she has worked to improve instruction at Butler.”
All state winners, including Andrews, will be honored at a three-day event in Washington, DC, in April. Event highlights include visits to Capitol Hill to meet with legislators, a black-tie gala, and networking with some of the best assistant principals across the nation.