David Cassady (A.B.Ed. ’87) named Principal of the Year for Montgomery County Schools
July 6, 2010
David Cassady was recently selected as the 2009-10 Wachovia Principal of the Year for Montgomery County Schools. Cassady is a principal at West Montgomery High School in Troy, N.C. where he has worked since 2006.
The Wachovia Principal of the Year Program recognizes North Carolina principals who demonstrate outstanding achievement in creating an environment conducive to the pursuit and achievement of academic excellence. The program recognizes principals at the district, regional and statewide levels. To advance in competition, a nominee must prepare an in-depth written portfolio for review by a selection committee in each of the eight education regions of North Carolina. Cassady was selected as the regional runner-up for the Sandhills region.
Before becoming the principal of West Montgomery High School, Cassady served as an assistant principal at Brentsville District High School and C.D. Hylton High School, both of which are part of the Prince William County Public Schools in Virginia. He also taught social studies for several years at two different schools in Virginia.
At West Montgomery High School, Cassady strives to build an environment where teachers and students are encouraged to perform to the best of their ability. Last year, Montgomery County Schools were selected as the pilot district for North Carolina Virtual Public Schools. Cassady has helped West Montgomery take full advantage of the unique resources provided by this program.
“We are now putting opportunities in front of our students that have never been available previously,” stated Caddasy in his Principal of the Year portfolio. “I am proud to be leading in an environment and a time where so much is available to our students.”
Cassady recognizes and values the dedication of his staff to providing students with rigor and challenges in the classroom. He challenges the students to make good thing happen by having a positive attitude, participating in school activities and working hard academically. “I want to be the cheerleader for the staff and students,” said Cassady. “We expect a lot of them, and I want to be there to provide support and encouragement. I believe I am here to serve them in a manner that allows teaching and learning at high levels.”
Throughout his career, Cassady has worked to improve his leadership skills by participating in a variety of educational and professional programs. In 2006-07, he participated in the Sandhills Regional Education Consortium Principals’ Institute where principals shared best practices and participated in leadership forums. He is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.