Meadowbrook Academy Principal David Hicks has been named 2016-2017 Principal of the Year.
During his leadership, Meadowbrook has transformed into a highly acclaimed school recognized for its successes with at-risk and under-served learners. Over the past year Hicks presented the Digital Learning Program at Meadowbrook at five different conferences across the state. The school’s personalized learning program caught the eye of leaders, including a visit from Dr. June Atkinson, State Superintendent. Governor McCrory’s Senior Educational Advisor visited last year and had a dialogue with Hicks and his staff. Since that visit, she has recommended other schools across North Carolina use Meadowbrook’s model of learning to increase the state’s needed workforce by 2025. Meadowbrook hopes to expand the program to 100 students next year while continuing to focus on personalized education for each student.
“I am thrilled at the selection of David Hick as the 2016-2017 principal of the year,” said Superintendent Dr. Brad Rice. “On June 1, after I was named superintendent, I visited many of the schools. I visited Meadowbrook Academy and was immediately impressed with the climate and culture Mr. Hicks had created. He knows each of his students. He knows what each student needs to accomplish to graduate and monitors the data daily. I attended Meadowbrook Academy’s graduation and was emotional seeing the results of his passion for each student.”
This year marked Meadowbrook’s largest graduating class of 21 and for the first time in school history saw a student accepted into a four year university.
Fellow principals nominating Hicks for the prestigious honor said:
“David has turned Meadowbrook around.” “What he has done to change the perception of our alternative school is pretty impressive. He’s brought a lot of positive press to the good things that are happening there.” “He deserves this honor for what he has done to re-brand Meadowbrook Academy.” “Mr. Hicks has transformed MBA into an educational facility where students dealing with personal challenges can be successful. Mr. Hicks does a fantastic job maintaining the facility both indoors and outside, assisting the custodian regularly. He has also created a positive environment for the students and staff.” “David has been vital to the success of MBA. He is a leader among our principals and is well-respected.”
Prior to coming to Meadowbrook, Hicks served as Principal of Mount Olive Elementary from 2005 until 2009 and Principal of Chestnut Grove Middle from 2009 until 2011. Before arriving in Stokes County, Hicks was an Assistant Principal at East Surry High School and Central Middle School in Surry County.
He began his educational career as a band director in 1986 at Mount Airy High School with Mount Airy City Schools. Hicks earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Appalachian State University in 1986 and his Master’s in School Administration from Appalachian State University in 2001.
He currently serves as President of the N.C. Principals and Assistant Principals Board of Directors. This is the second time Hicks has been named Stokes County Principal of the Year having also earned the title in 2007-2008. He is married to Cheryl, who is an Assistant Principal at Surry Central High School. Their daughter, Ashley is a teacher at Chestnut Grove Middle School. Hicks will go on to compete in the regional and state competitions in the fall.
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