Friday, October 17, 2014

Ryan Named CHCCS Principal of the Year

Darlene Ryan, principal at Glenwood Elementary, was named the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools' Principal of the Year at a surprise announcement this morning at her school.

"Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is very fortunate to have such an outstanding leader working with teachers and students at Glenwood Elementary School," said Superintendent Thomas A. Forcella.

Ryan has been the principal at Glenwood since 2010, having served as its assistant principal for the previous two years.

Ryan first joined CHCCS in 1986 for three years as an elementary physical education teacher before returning in 2004 as its math and science coordinator and served in that position for four years.

Ryan began her career in education as a health/PE teacher in Chatham County Schools, but throughout the years, she has taught elementary, middle and high school students.  She has also taught middle school science and social studies before becoming a science curriculum resource teacher in Chatham.

She has served as the President of the North Carolina Science Leadership Association and as the Director of District 5 for the North Carolina Science Teacher Association (NCSLA).

In 1996, Ryan was named North Chatham Elementary School Teacher of the Year and in 1999, she was named Technology and Learning North Carolina Teacher of the Year.  She earned the Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching from UNC-CH in 2002.  Ryan also received the NCSLA Herman Gatling Award for Outstanding Science Education Leadership in 2009.

Ryan holds a bachelor of arts in education, a master of education and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ryan will represent the district for the Wells Fargo Principal of the Year program. 

An emotional Darlene Ryan after the announcement

Glenwood Staff and CHCCS Administrators applaud Principal Ryan

Dr. Darlene Ryan, principal, Glenwood Elementary

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