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2020 Principal of the Year
2020 Principal of the Year
Posted on 09/06/2019
2020 Principal of the Year Tonya Robinson and Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin.BCS Communications

Enka High School Principal Tonya Robinson is the 2020 BCS Principal of the Year! She thought she was surprising her students during a pep rally on Friday, but the surprise was hers.

At the end of the pep rally, teachers took to the floor in an unannounced “flash mob” dance-a-thon. But right when the music stopped, BCS Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin, Associate Superintendent Susanne Swanger, 2019 Principal of the Year Brian Chandler, and Ms. Robinson’s family suddenly walked onto the gym floor with flowers and balloons. The students roared as they heard the news -- their principal will represent the whole district.

“I am humbled and honored,” Ms. Robinson said. “I can’t even believe it! To have your peers acknowledge your hard work is amazing. And it’s not just mine. Without their accomplishments, I couldn’t do anything.”

Enka High’s students were full of school spirit, especially after hearing that they had the highest academic growth index in the county and third highest in the state last year.

“You have a lot to be proud of,” Dr. Baldwin said. “You’re soaring, thanks in part to your wonderful teachers and Ms. Robinson’s leadership.”

Ms. Robinson has been principal of Enka High for five years, and she has been in education for 28 years. She was elected by her fellow BCS principals for this honor. The results of the election were kept secret until today. Robinson is now in the running for Region VIII Principal of the Year. Region VIII includes counties and municipal school systems in the southwestern part of North Carolina. The district winner will then face off against the other seven districts for North Carolina Principal of the Year.

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