South Brunswick principal honored

Posted April 2, 2009 4:19 p.m. EDT

— Vann Pennell, the principal of South Brunswick High School, was named the 2009 Wachovia North Carolina Principal of the Year Thursday.

Pennell received his Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education, Master of Arts in Education and Education Specialist degrees all from East Carolina University.

At South Brunswick, he helped to start an International Studies/Travel class and endorsed the Aquaculture Program to promote flounder research at the school.

He said he is proud of the "family" of hardworking and talented teachers and staff at South Brunswick.

"One of the strongest qualities a leader can possess is to admit what one does not know and hire those that know more and let them go to work," he said.

Pennell was one of eight regional finalists who received $1,000 for their school and $1,000 for personal use. As Principal of the Year, Pennell will receive an additional $3,000 for his school and $3,000 for personal use. He also will serve a one-year term as advisor to the State Board of Education.