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Mrs. Rhyne Named 2017-18 NC Southwest Regional Principal of the Year

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Mrs. Rhyne is congratulated by East Iredell Elementary Assistant Principals, Mr. Wellman and Mrs. Shoffner. 
Superintendent Brady Johnson honors Mrs. Rhyne as the Southwest Region Principal of the Year at a surprise ceremony at East Iredell Elementary. School Board Chairman, Mr. Martin Page looks on.
(back row) Mr. Brady Johnson, ISS Superintendent; Mr. Martin Page, BOE Chairman; Mr. Ethan Todd, Executive Director of Human Resources; Dr. Alvera Lesane, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources; (front row) Dr. Mary Ann Karriker, Executive Director of Elementary Education; Mrs. Rhyne; and Mrs. Kelly Shoffner and Mr. Mark Wellman, Assistant Principals.
The Principal at East Iredell Elementary School was surprised this morning with the announcement that she has been selected as the Southwest Region Principal of the Year for the State of North Carolina.  Mrs. Amy Rhyne will go on to the State competition in Cary on March 3, 2017, to compete for the State Principal of the Year.
When Superintendent Brady Johnson announced to the students and staff at East Elementary this morning that their principal had won this round of interviews, the crowd broke into loud cheers and applause. "Mrs. Rhyne and her team have led this school to such a level of success," he said, "that there is standing room only waiting for openings to be a part of this great elementary school."
Dr. Karol McNeil-Horton,Regional Education Facilitator for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction was a part of the panel that interviewed Mrs.Ryne for the regional win.  Encapsulating Amy Rhyne's passions and abilities into just a few sentences is difficult but Dr. Horton found that Mrs. Rhyne's desire to hear every voice, her passion and dedication to what is right for students and prioritizing the empowerment of her students, parents and staff drove her into first place for this honor.
Mrs. Rhyne has been the principal at East Elementary since July of 2011 to present and was named the Iredell-Statesville Principal of the Year for 2016-17. Graduating from Appalachian State with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Mrs. Rhyne went on to Gardner Webb University where she obtained her Master of Arts in School Administration. She began her career with Iredell-Statesville Schools in 1994 at N.B. Mills Elementary School as a first and second grade teacher.  Mrs. Rhyne was a lead teacher and Assistant Principal at Third Creek Elementary, ultimately serving Third Creek as principal from 2006 to 2011.  Mrs. Rhyne was named Principal of the Year for Iredell-Statesville Schools for 2016-17, which led her to the regional competition.