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JCPS names Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year

TJ Parrish, principal of Micro Elementary School, was selected as the 2021-2022 Principal of the Year for Johnston County Public Schools. Lyndsey Dunn, assistant principal of Riverwood Elementary School, was selected as the 2021-2022 Assistant Principal of the Year for Johnston County Public Schools.

Parrish and Dunn were surprised with the recognition in front of their families and JCPS staff on Tuesday, Oct. 19. Parrish was honored at a breakfast for JCPS principals and Dunn was honored at her school.

Parrish has served as the principal of Micro Elementary since 2018. He began serving as the school’s assistant principal when Micro Elementary reopened during the 2016-2017 school year.

“Being acknowledged as Principal of the Year is special to me for many reasons. This is home for me and I have had the opportunity to be a student, teacher, and a principal in this school system,” said Parrish. “I have had a great amount of support from my students, colleagues, and administration over the years. This accomplishment goes to them too, particularly the students, because they are who I do it all for.”

Dunn has served as the assistant principal of Riverwood Elementary since 2018.

“It is an honor to receive this award. To be acknowledged among my peers and to have others think highly of my work is really special,” said Dunn. “Coming to work every day as a servant leader is so rewarding, and to be acknowledged for doing what I love to do is such an honor.”

The Amy Renfrow Leadership Principal of the Year Award is named after former Corinth-Holders Elementary principal Amy Renfrow. The awards are given through the Johnston County Principal and Assistant Principal Association (JCPAPA).

Both Parrish and Dunn were nominated by their colleagues to receive the award.

Parrish is described as someone who is dedicated to both student learning and staff morale. He is known for working hard to address the specific needs of his students and their education.

Dunn is described as someone who has a selfless drive to put staff and students first in all that she does. Her colleagues stated that she leads with her heart and is vested in the needs of her students and their families.

“Johnston County Public Schools is fortunate to have leaders like Mr. Parrish and Mrs. Dunn,” said Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy. “These individuals are dedicated to student achievement and we are seeing the results of their hard work. I am proud to have them on our team.”