Dr. Jonte’ Hill, principal of Southern Middle School, has been selected as the 2017 Principal of the Year for Person County Schools in a program sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Wells Fargo.
Dr. Hill now moves on to compete with other local award recipients from the North Central Region of the state. After the state selection process is completed, one principal will be selected as the 2017 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year.
After the surprise announcement at a called faculty meeting, Hill stated, “While I am honored and humbled as I receive this award, this award is a true testament of the hard work that my staff puts in each and every day. I am the leader that I am today because of my staff. I am extremely grateful that they continue to pour into me and help craft me as a leader.”
Hill is a 2001 Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship recipient. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Middle Grades Mathematics in 2005. He went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education in 2009 also from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then pursued an Advanced Degree in Educational Leadership and graduated from UNC-Ch in 2012. Dr. Hill’s most recent degree from UNC-Ch is a Doctorate Degree awarded in May 2014 also in Education Leadership.
Dr. Hill began with the Person County Schools as principal at Southern Middle School in August 2014. Prior to coming to PCS, Dr. Hill taught middle school mathematics in Durham Public Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public Schools before serving as a Principal Intern at Cedar Ridge High School with Orange County Public Schools. In addition, he served as assistant principal at Northwood High School in Chatham County for two years. His administrative experiences include analyzing, disaggregating, and presenting data from numerous sources that monitor student achievement; developing and implementing an afterschool program to increase students’ access to the curriculum and providing students with targeted interventions; and analyzing the instructional program in order to provide teachers with feedback and guidance that would strengthen their instructional presentation, content knowledge, and the use of research based strategies.
“Dr. Hill is a great example of what it means to be an excellent school leader,” Superintendent Dan Holloman said. “I am witnessing many great things happening at Southern Middle School due to the visionary leadership and high expectations of Dr. Hill. I am very proud of Dr. Hill for the way in which he encourages collaboration with his faculty, staff and students to move Southern Middle School in a positive direction in the overall school improvement process.”
LEA principals of the year receive a cash award. The regional Wells Fargo Principals of the Year receive a cash award for their school and a cash award for personal use. The 2017 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year will receive $3,000 for his or her school and $3,000 for his or her personal use.