A Forsyth County woman and Forsyth Central High School graduate has been named the 2019 Georgia Principal of the Year for her service at Collins Hill High School in Gwinnett County.
According to a news release from Gwinnett County Public Schools, Kerensa Wing, principal of Collins Hill High School was selected by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP.)
“I’m honored, humbled and will do the best I can at the national level,” Wing said after the announcement.
She said that the announcement caught her off guard, when representatives from the GASSP surprised her at Collins Hill High on Feb. 27, thanking her for her service and allowing her time to speak with administrators and staff about what they meant to her.
“This award is representative of the work you have done,” Wing reportedly said to her staff. “In the application, I had to talk about all of the data … but it is your work. I appreciate each and every one of you and the time and effort you put into our students.”
Now in her 29th year as a Gwinnett County educator, Wing has worked at Shiloh, Lanier and Collins Hill high schools in both teaching and administrative roles, according to the release.
In 2002, she was a finalist for the Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year title.
The release states that Wing was one of six finalists for the state honor, picked for their educational leadership, resolution of complex problems, community service and the development of “self and others.”
Now that Wing has been chosen for the award, she will represent Georgia in the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and will attend a gala event held Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, in Washington, D.C., with other state principals of the year, according to the press release.
Wing is also now in the running to be one of three finalists for National Principal of the Year, which will be announced in October, according to the NASSP website.