January 05, 2011

WHES Principal Receives State Award

Spartanburg County School District Six’s, Dr. Cynthia Pridgen, principal of Woodland Heights Elementary School, has been named the 2011 South Carolina Elementary School Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.   

Dr. Pridgen was selected from an outstanding field of administrator candidates by a veteran panel of judges.   The criteria used in the selection of this coveted award are set by the National Association of Elementary School Principals sponsored by VIRCO.  “We are very pleased that Cynthia has been named as the SCASA Elementary Principal of the Year,” said Molly Spearman, executive director of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.  She is an outstanding individual and dedicated educator.  She serves as a champion for all students.”   

Dr. Darryl Owings, Superintendent of Spartanburg County School District Six, stated, “Dr. Pridgen’s leadership provides the foundation in which WHES’s child-centered initiatives and high standards of academic excellence are rooted.  It is her vision that nourishes the school’s unparalleled environment.  Dr. Pridgen is truly an exemplary principal under whom excellence is expected, planned for and achieved.”  This award was announced on Wednesday, January 5th in a surprise announcement. 

SCASA, the professional organization for school leaders in South Carolina, has more than 2,800 members. From professional development opportunities and research, to publications and legislative advocacy, SCASA’s focus is to support school leaders in providing the best possible education for South Carolina’s young people. As a state affiliate of three national associations for school leaders, SCASA also works on the national level. 

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