Wake County Schools

Heritage High leader named Wake Principal of Year

Posted October 17, 2013
Updated October 18, 2013

Mark Savage of Heritage High School in Wake Forest was named Wake County Principal of the Year Thursday night. 

The honor comes just months after Savage saw the first class to graduate from the new high school, which opened in 2010.

Savage put an emphasis on student clubs to create the culture and a sense of school spirit.

"When a student is willing to stay late and pour additional time into their school, they are more likely to be connected," Savage said. "We doubled club participation with club days at orientation and during lunch and leadership training for all clubs. We formed homecoming court from representatives of each club. We devised programs to increase connectedness."

Teresa Caswell, of Lead Mine Elementary, was named Assistant Principal of the Year.

Earlier Thursday, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools honored their leaders.

Amy Rickard, principal of Morris Grove Elementary, was named 2013 Principal of the Year. She began her career as a language arts teacher in Kannapolis City Schools and has worked in Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools since 1999.

She, too, is a "start-up" principal, having taken the job at Morris Grove when the school opened in 2007.

Both Rickard and Savage advance to the statewide Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year competition.


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  • westernwake1 Oct 18, 2013

    Congrats to Mark Savage of Heritage High School for this recognition!

    And congrats to the team at the school that supports him.

  • bombayrunner Oct 18, 2013

    Why is it that everywhere Mark goes ... all of the sudden, it becomes a great school?

  • bombayrunner Oct 18, 2013

    Mark is certainly a good man. Had a personal discussion with him once on my child a few years ago. A year later he recalled every detail ... you really feel he gives you his personal attention, because you are.

  • whistler411 Oct 18, 2013

    I have no faith in the title of Principal or Teacher of the Year in WCPSS. Dana King of Millbrook is a winner of POY and she has to be one of the worst Admins on the planet. Look at teacher turnover at MHS. Savage may be deserving, but based on past winners, I wouldn't say I'm impressed.

  • fillandsandy Oct 18, 2013

    Congratulations to Mark Savage. He is an excellent choice for this award. A good father, a good husband and a good man, but most important, Mark is a fellow brother in Christ. Keep rolling the way you are.......

  • lavenderdejectedmoon Oct 18, 2013

    This is a great school.

  • just brian Oct 17, 2013

    Great award for a great man. Savage has been a class act since he was at Wakefield Middle on through WHS and Heritage.