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J.R. Sigmon (A.B.Ed. '99) named North Carolina's Assistant Principal of the Year

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J.R. Sigmon

J.R. Sigmon, assistant principal in Catawba County’s Maiden Elementary School, has been named the state’s 2011 Assistant Principal of the Year by the North Carolina Association of Educators.

Sigmon was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill. He earned his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in mathematics.

Sigmon was praised for his devotion to his school and its students.

“This year he has been required to step in to the role of the principal due to health issues, and he has done an admirable job,” Catawba County Schools Superintendent Glenn Barger said in a news release prepared by the school system.

Maiden Elementary Principal Lori Reed said: "Mr. Sigmon has been invaluable in helping to move Maiden forward and create new opportunities for learning. He is a true professional, dedicated to students, staff and parents that he serves. I am extremely lucky to have him as my colleague and my friend."

Sigmon began his teaching career in August of 1999 at his alma mater school, Banoak Elementary, making him the third generation in his family to attend and return to teach at Banoak. His grandfather was the principal at Banoak High School, and both his grandmother and mother each taught for 30 years there. Sigmon spent eight years teaching at Banoak – six years in fifth grade language arts and social studies, and two years in sixth grade mathematics and science.

In 2006, he received a master's degree in School Administration from Appalachian State University. He began his administrative career as an assistant principal in 2007 at Maiden Elementary School.  

Sigmon said he was both surprised and honored to be selected.

“I am very honored and appreciative of being named the NCAE AP of the year,” Sigmon said. “It is a great reward to be recognized by fellow colleagues and be selected to be their representative. I have a team of colleagues who help me do what I do every day. I never work alone. So, I share this title with all my faculty and staff that help me do what I do every day. They make my job a whole lot easier, and worthwhile.”

The award will be presented at the 2011 NCAE Awards Banquet on Thursday in Raleigh.

More details about Sigmon and his award are available on the Catawba County Schools website.