The Wake County Public School System has named Brentwood Magnet Elementary School of Engineering Principal Dr. Ken Branch as the 2012 Principal of the Year.
Acting Superintendent Dr. Stephen Gainey presented the award to Branch during a ceremony at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh on Thursday, October 11.
“Dr. Branch is a dedicated educator who has a passion for seeing all students succeed,” Gainey said. “We are thrilled to honor him for all of his hard work and his focus on giving students strong foundations for college and their future careers.”
Branch has held several leadership roles during his 33 years as an educator, including serving as the district’s Senior Director of Magnet Schools and Middle School Programs. Branch also served as the first principal for Centennial Campus Magnet Middle before moving to Brentwood.
“I love the kids. We all love the kids, and that’s why we do this. Every day, they inspire me,” Branch said. “The teachers also keep me going. They are magicians. I know that what they do is the most important job in the world, and my job is to support them.”
As Principal of the Year, Branch received a $1,000 award from Lifetouch Studios and his school got a $500 award from Strawbridge Studios. All finalists for Principal of the Year received $500 prizes from Lifetouch Studios and a rolling cart full of office supplies courtesy of Office Depot.
Watch the video of Dr. Branch talking about why he loves his role >>
Assistant Principal of the Year also named
On Thursday, WCPSS also named Ruth Ann Freeman of Bugg Elementary School as the 2012 Assistant Principal of the Year. Jostens donated a $500 award for Freeman. All finalists for Assistant Principal of the Year received a $250 prize from Jostens, as well as a rolling cart full of office supplies courtesy of Office Depot.
See pictures and bios for all of the 2012 finalists >>