(Photo submitted) Mountain View Elementary Principal David Blackburn was named Ashe County School’s 2015-2016 Principal of the Year.
By Adam Orr
JEFFERSON-It seems bringing home district honors is becoming a habit for one Mountain View Elementary administrator.
Ashe County Schools said Wednesday Mountain View’s David Blackburn is its 2015-2016 Principal of the Year.
The honor is based on school-wide metrics like proficiency and growth, performance evaluations and a panel interview process which brought together local business leaders, retired education professionals, church leaders and a even a middle school student.
It’s also not the first time Blackburn has brought home the honor. He was named the district’s principal of the year for consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
“Mr. Blackburn goes above and beyond the call of duty to make (Mountain View Elementary) shine,” Lisa Ashley, a Mountain View teacher assistant said. Blackburn also drew high praise from John Fields Perkins, a Mountain View 5th grader.
“(He’s) a great role model and a great principal,” Perkins said. “He continues to make our school the best it can be.”
After earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Appalachian State University in 1996, Blackburn began his career teaching seventh and eighth grades and as football coach at Ashe Central High School the same year.
In 1999, Blackburn continued his career at Ashe County Middle School in the same duties, and earned a master’s degree in school administration from ASU in 2001. In 2008, he became the assistant principal at Mountain View Elementary School, before being named Mountain View’s Principal in June of 2011.
Blackburn will now represent Ashe County Schools in the regional Principal of the Year competition. Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank since 1984, the program is a collaboration with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to recognize outstanding public school principals.
“Ashe County Schools appreciates all the hours and hard work all its principals give to the staff and students of the schools,” according to a press release issued by the district. “October is National Principals’ Month. This is a great opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to principals across the school system for the great things that they do on a daily basis.”
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