NEWTON GROVE — For Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy, it was an to honor to recognize the top principal from Sampson County Schools.
During a recent meeting for the Board of Education held in the Hobbton district, Union High School’s Julie Hunter was honored for becoming the 2016-2017 Principal of the Year for the district.
“Ms. Hunter is someone that I can definitely call an instructional leader,” Bracy said. “She is no nonsense and makes things happen”
Bracy added that Hunter has a love for Union High School.
“She loves her school, she knows her kids,” Bracy said. “She knows all of her kids by their first names, which is very impressive.”
The announcement was made during a retreat in early August. At that time, Hunter was humbled since she believes there’s a lot of principals who also deserve the honor.
The leader of Union High School has many years of experiences in education. She began teaching for Sampson County School in 1990. After spending close to 20 years in the classroom, she wanted to begin a new challenge in the administration field.
After spending a couple of years at Clear Run Middle School and Union Elementary, the Sampson County native began her journey as an social studies teacher at Union High since 1992, where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2010 and 2011. Hunter served as an assistant principal for a couple years before taking the helm at the school.
Along with administrative duties, Hunter was the school’s athletic director and history department chair. Other accomplishments include serving on the School Improvement Team and coaching girls basketball, which lead to a state championship in 1998.
“Not only has her impact been felt in the classroom, but she has also influenced many lives in her formal career as basketball coach at Union High School,” Bracy said.
For her coaching efforts, she received several coaching accolades including conference recognition and was named Associated Press- North Carolina High School Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year.
She graduated from Hobbton High School in 1985. Later, she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Reach Chase Jordan at 910-249-4617. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.