The Johnston County school system has named its top principal and assistant principal for 2016-17. They are Kenneth Bennett, principal of Dixon Road Elementary School, and Maritza Rosado, assistant principal of Selma Middle School.
The school system honored Bennett and Rosado during its Leadership Academy July 13 at Corinth Holders High School.
“We need to take time celebrate excellence,” said Superintendent Ross Renfrow. “There is no better way than at our annual Leadership Academy to recognize our assistant principal of the year, Maritza Rosado, and our principal of the year, Kenneth Bennett, based on the tremendous body of the work they’ve accomplished over their careers but, most importantl,y last school year at their respective schools.”
Bennett received $1,000 – half for himself, half for his school – from the Johnston County Education Foundation. Rosado received $500.
Colleagues and students nominated the winners.
“To have a group of professionals that I value and to have a school community as well as colleagues that believe that I was deserving of this award is just amazing,” said Bennett.
Bennett’s colleagues described him as a hands-on administrator who takes the time to visit classrooms every day and to have meaningful conversations with students.
“I’d like to encourage others to continue to form positive relationships with students, know your students, be about learning and making sure they have all the necessary tools they deserve to be successful in life,” he said.
Colleagues described Rosado as an instructional leader who is instrumental in expanding and enhancing academic programs at Selma Middle.
“I feel that being a servant is important,” she said. “Serving the teachers, students, parents, custodians and cafeteria workers is important. If you do the talk, you’ve got to do the walk. You have to be service oriented.”
“I was very shocked, surprised, and humbled to receive this award,” Rosado added.
Renfrow thanked all principals and assistant principals for what they do for their schools.
“It’s not about longevity or term of service, it’s about what you do that’s different and elevated from what your peers do,” he said. “We could hand out a wheelbarrow full of awards based on the quality people we have in Johnston County. That’s not to take away from Maritza and Kenneth, but you’re truly humbled when you sit down and read all the nominations to see how fortunate we are to have so many talented people working in Johnston County schools. It takes the collective effort of all those people to serve our students in such grand fashion.”