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This Forsyth County resident was named the best principal in the country
Principal of the Year
Forsyth County resident Kerensa Wing, principal of Collins Hill High School in Gwinnett County, has been named the 2019 Georgia Principal of the Year by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

Kerensa Wing, the principal at Collins Hill High School in Gwinnett County and a lifelong resident of Forsyth County, has been named the 2020 National Principal of the Year, according to the Georgia Department of Education.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) surprised Wing with the recognition at her school Monday, Oct. 21.

Wing helped open Collins Hill in 1994 and became an assistant principal there in 2002. Wing eventually left to be Lanier High School’s first principal when the school opened in 2010, but she returned to Collins Hill in 2014 to serve as its principal.

Wing holds a bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education from Oglethorpe University, a master’s degree in secondary social studies from Georgia State University and an education specialist degree in leadership and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee.

She also received a certificate from the Public Education Leadership Project at Harvard University, and is a graduate of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Quality-Plus Leader Academy – Aspiring Principal Program.

Wing was previously named the 2019 Georgia Principal of the Year in February by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals. She was one of six finalists, who were selected based on their educational leadership, resolution of complex problems, community service and the development of “self and others.”