Club Blvd Elementary Assistant Principal named NC Elementary AP of the Year
During an assembly with the entire school present, Club Boulevard Elementary Assistant Principal Gregory Mitchell was surprised by the news that he is the 2020 North Carolina Outstanding Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year. The award is given by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association. Mitchell was also the Durham Public Schools Assistant Principal of the Year for 2019.
“Mr. Mitchell leads our school community with integrity, problem-solving, purpose and passion,” said Club Boulevard AIG specialist Denise Baynham. “Whether it is teaching a fifth-grade science boot camp, hosting a summer book club for staff, or providing hot chocolate for the bus drivers on a cold winter’s morning, he goes out of his way to show genuine care for the many humans who make up the Club Boulevard community."
Mitchell will now serve as North Carolina’s representative for the National Association of Elementary School Principals National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year program, which recognizes outstanding elementary and middle school assistant principals who have demonstrated success in leadership, curriculum, and personalization.
“In my 30-plus years as an educator I have never met a more dedicated, compassionate, and intelligent leader,” said Principal Phillips. “Club Boulevard was Greg’s first experience in elementary school. He immediately sought information to understand the content, pedagogy, and best practices for elementary students. It is clear that Greg knows how to keep the main thing the main thing.”
Mitchell designed and implemented programs to address student performance needs such as Saturday Academy, Afterschool Academy, and Science Boot Camp. He partners with universities for student teacher placement, and regularly presents at PTA and Parents of African-American Children meetings. He organizes Club Boulevard’s regular “Walk-to-School Wednesdays” in the fall and spring, and loves and celebrates what he calls the school’s “zany and colorful” climate and culture.
Mitchell will also be recognized at the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association’s annual meeting in Wilmington on March 26, 2020.