PENDER COUNTY -- One Pender County principal is being recognized for her outstanding efforts in the school system. So outstanding, that she is awarded principal of the year. June Robbins has been the principal at West Pender Middle School for the past five years. She also has the honor of being Pender County's principal of the year. The award is unique in that principals from other schools around the county nominate who they think should be the principal of the year, and Robbins was it. Robbins said, "For my co-workers to pick me, I was blessed, that's the best word I can say, and it actually made me really concentrate on how I want to lead this school within the next five years." Robbins says this award can be shared with the teachers who work with her, because it truly is a team effort. "They teach their academics, but they're totally concerned about the whole child and that's how my children do so well, because they no they have set of teachers who are truly interested about who they are, and not just teaching them what they need to learn." Eighth-grader Tyshan Stringfield says the award is well deserved. "She's very honest, respectful, and just a person I can come and talk to anytime." Eighth-grader Chelley Debose said, "We feel comfortable when we come, and it just makes us feel better when we wake up in the morning and come to school." Connie Batchelder has been teaching for 27 years, two of which have been at West Pender. She says having a principal like Robbins only makes the learning environment run smoothly. Batchelder said, "June not only takes her faculty seriously, she also cares about us as human beings, not just a member of her team, but when we have problems outside of the classroom she is right there for us." June Robbins will also be added to a list of other principals in the state to compete for state recognition.
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