School of Education Alumnus is Named Elementary Principal of the Year


High Point University Alumnus Trent VernonHIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 9, 2012 – Trent Vernon, a graduate of High Point University’s School of Education, has been named Guilford County School’s Elementary Principal of the Year for 2012.

Vernon is the principal of Johnson Street Global Studies, a K-8 magnet school in High Point. He received a Master of Educational Leadership from HPU in 2005. Vernon is one of dozens of School of Education alumni, both locally and across the country, who have recently received a Principal of the Year or Teacher of the Year designation.

While he is a native of High Point, Vernon gained teaching experience in different parts of the world. He says that one of his most rewarding opportunities came through a two-month mission trip to Africa where he worked in schools in Kenya and South Africa. After teaching in Greenville, S.C., Vernon returned to High Point to work in Guilford County Schools in 2002. Vernon was appointed principal of Johnson Street Global Studies in 2006. 

On Oct. 1, the School of Education surprised Vernon by sending the HPU Ice Cream Truck to Johnson Street school to help him celebrate his success with his students, faculty and staff.

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