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Swansboro Middle's Jacob Mabry named 2017-18 Assistant Principal of the Year

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Jacob Mabry, assistant principal at Swansboro Middle School, has been chosen as Onslow County School District’s 2017-18 Assistant Principal of the Year.


A committee, including a principal, community member, district instructional staff member, the district principal of the year and two members of executive staff, interviewed finalists before making a final selection.  Finalists included Jaime Bright, the assistant principal at Dixon High School, Kadren Davis, the assistant principal at Dixon High School, Bryant Copeland, the assistant principal at Hunters Creek Middle School and Karrie Helt, the assistant principal at Stateside Elementary. This is the sixth year the school district has selected a designee for their exceptional leadership.


Mabry has served as assistant principal at Swansboro Middle School since 2013.


He earned his Master’s Degree in School Administration at East Carolina University.


In addition to his many duties as assistant principal he is an active leader in his community. He coaches youth sports and devotes much time to his church.  He has been instrumental in, and supportive of programs promoting positive relationships including STRIDE and Reading Buddies, which are crucial to bringing the student body together.


Colleagues nominating him for the award said he works closely with students and staff and promotes a positive atmosphere within the school.  It was noted that he strives to assist staff with the implementation of programs with the goal of improving student achievement across all ability levels.

"I could not have done it without you guys," Mabry said to students and fellow staff members at SWMS.  "I enjoy my job and am enjoying what I am able to offer you guys. I thank everybody involved."  

The award, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Association of Elementary School Principals, recognizes the exceptional leadership and responsibilities involved in this key role in making school systems work. Mabry will next compete at the regional level.

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