South Brunswick High School principal, Vann Pennell, has held several titles over the years, like teacher, coach, and assistant superintendent, but now he has a new title to brag about. Last week, he was named Brunswick County's Principal of the Year. “I was very humbled and surprised because I thought the other two were more deserving than me, maybe,” said Pennell. He was picked out of the county's 17 principals for the award. Pennell credits students, teachers and staff for his success. “It's not about me. This has never been and never will be about me,” he said. “It's all about those kids out there. Every decision we make as a staff is about those kids and their well-being and they happy.” Principal Pennel started at South Brunswick High School four years ago, and students, parents and teachers will tell you that with his arrival he boosted the morale here and the school's reputation. Joyce Burke, a parent of a student at South Brunswick said, “He's brought warmth to this school. He's brought happiness to these kids. Some love school and don't want to leave now. We've gone from kids that just couldn't wait to get out of here to kids that are motivated.” “Everyone's attitude has changed. Every one is serious about school now,” said Sarah Ikalowych, a student at South Brunswick. Pamela Hill said Pennell helped her son overcome his learning struggles. “He just kind of took him under his wings and helped him through that,” she said. “I feel at home in the hallways with the kids. They keep me young,” added Pennell. Principal Pennell is now in the running for the state title.
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