Erin Anderson named KCS Principal of the Year

Erin Anderson named KCS Principal of the Year
Posted on 09/26/2014
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Erin Anderson is Kannapolis City Schools’ 2014-2015 Principal of the Year. She is principal of Jackson Park Elementary School. Prior to moving to Jackson Park in July, Anderson served as the principal of Fred L. Wilson Elementary School.

 

As Fred L. Wilson’s principal, Anderson led the school to high academic growth and dramatically improved attendance. Among other accomplishments, she developed a program that reduced the number of students who were chronically absent by nearly a third. Chronic absenteeism is defined as students who miss at least ten days of school in a year. Research shows that chronic absenteeism lowers the chances of graduating from high school to less than 76% and reduces math and reading achievement by ten points or more. The program that Anderson developed at Fred L. Wilson cut chronic absenteeism by more than 30% and was the most effective in the district. She also led Fred L. Wilson to exceed expected growth in 2013-2014.

 

Mandi Campbell served under Anderson as Fred L. Wilson’s curriculum coordinator. She says Anderson is an outstanding principal. “In ten years of education, I have worked under some amazing educators,” Campbell says, “but never one quite like Erin Anderson. She is a servant leader who goes above and beyond for her students, staff, and parents. She makes decisions that are student focused, and she makes every teacher, student, and parent feel they are her top priority. She is a dynamic leader who definitely deserves this recognition.” Mandi Campbell replaced Anderson as principal of Fred L. Wilson.

 

Erin Anderson says she has always believed in building partnerships as a way to improve student achievement. “I want my school to be a welcoming place where students want to be every day. I also want families to feel comfortable coming into school and being part of their child’s learning. Our staff members have been amazing, and they have shared my vision. It was that way at Fred L. Wilson, and it is true now at Jackson Park. I am extremely fortunate to work with such wonderful people every day.”

 

Superintendent, Dr. Pam Cain, says Erin Anderson is an excellent instructional leader. “Erin is not only an outstanding educator but someone who has excellent judgment and a calm demeanor when dealing with students, staff, and parents. She makes everyone around her feel comfortable, which helps them be successful. I am extremely proud of her, and I am delighted that she is our Principal of the Year.”

 

Erin Anderson has been with Kannapolis City Schools since 1999. She began as a teacher at Fred L. Wilson Elementary and became curriculum coordinator of Fred L. Wilson in 2007. She was promoted to principal in 2012. Anderson moved to Jackson Park Elementary this past July to become that school’s principal. She is currently finishing her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Wingate University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University and a master’s degree in Special Education from UNC Charlotte. She earned her Principal’s License from Wingate University. Anderson also was selected by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association to be part of its Distinguished Leadership Program. She will now represent Kannapolis City Schools in the regional competition for North Carolina Principal of the Year.

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