Unionville Elementary Principal Dr. Sharyn VonCannon has never been one to be at a loss for words -- that is, until she heard her name called as the 2019-2020 UCPS Principal of the Year on Oct. 3.
Standing in front of her colleagues at the district’s annual Principal of the Year luncheon, VonCannon fought back tears as she simply described that moment as unbelievable, humbling and amazing.
“This is an honor for me, my staff, my community and our children – it truly feels like a community award,” she said after the program. “I’m a product of Union County Public Schools, and to me, this award is confirmation that I made it because of people sitting in that room. So many people have nurtured me, and to be nominated among such an amazing group of peers is amazing. This is truly a village award.”
VonCannon, who started her career in education as a teacher assistant 29 years ago, and earned an undergraduate and master's degree from UNC Charlotte, has led Unionville Elementary through a string of success during her 12 years as principal. Not only does the school continue to maintain a NC State Report Card grade of an A, but it regularly meets and exceeds growth each year.