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Clear Creek's Reneau named principal of the year

Audrey Reneau poses with students (Photo by Tricia Allen, Henderson County schools) Audrey Reneau poses with students (Photo by Tricia Allen, Henderson County schools)

Clear Creek Elementary School principal Audrey Reneau, having led her school to state recognition as an Honor School of Excellence for three years straight, has been named the Wells-Fargo principal of the year in Henderson County.


Mrs. Reneau "is totally committed to her students and staff and is very involved in the community," Henderson County school system human resources director Bo Caldwell said. "She is totally committed to her students and her staff and is very involved in the community."
Students gathered in the school gymnasium to hear the announcement. As they filed out on their way back to class, one stopped and gave Mrs. Reneau a hug, saying, "This is no surprise."
A native of Caldwell County, Mrs. Reneau began her career with the Henderson County schools in 1986, teaching first, second and fourth grades until 2006, when she became lead teacher at Clear Creek Elementary School. She became principal in 2009. A graduate of Mars Hill College, she received a masters in elementary education and school administration from Western Carolina University.
"How special it is to be voted by your peers for this huge honor," she said. "Over the years I have been privileged to work with great principals who tsught me so much. I was encouraged by one administrator to pursue administration and I'm so glad I did."
Mrs. Reneau will represent Henderson County in the next step of the Wells Fargo award, when eight regional finalists for state principal of the year will be selected. The state principal of the year will be announced during a luncheon event in the spring of 2013.
Henderson County has had one of those recently. Glenn Marlow Elementary School principal Jan King was named North Carolina's principal of the year in April 2010.