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Southern Nash's Scott named Principal of the Year; Ellington earns new teacher honor

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NASHVILLE — Southern Nash High School’s head administrator and a new teacher have been named among the year’s top educators for all of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools.

Principal Hugh Scott is this year’s Principal of the Year while first year English teacher Greg Ellington is the New Teacher of the Year.

Scott has more than a dozen years of experience in education, with one year as principal at Tar River Academy and four years as assistant principal of Southern Nash High. He has a master’s degree in school administration from N.C. State University.

“I am proud to serve as principal of Southern Nash High and lead this school to the next level of a long tradition of greatness,” Scott said. “I believe that all of our students have the potential to be great. They have to own it and embrace their experiences and learn not only the academic content, but valuable character traits to be competitive in this growing global society.”

Jessica Richardson of Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School earned Teacher of the Year honors. Davenport Honda presented her with keys to a brand new Honda CR-V.

Top educators, administrators, Board of Education members and community partners traditionally gather at Rose Hill Conference Center to honor various Nash-Rocky Mount Public School educators. As with other traditional mass gatherings, the normal celebration over a meal and awards ceremony had to be canceled due to COVID-19-related restrictions. 

In its place, district leaders coordinated a YouTube Premier video recording that maintained social distancing guidelines but still held an element of surprise, said Christine Catalano, the district’s executive director of communication, planning and engagement.

Southern Nash High School senior Kathryn Marie Howard provided a vocal rendition of “The Climb” for the video presentation. 

Another new twist to the annual event, predicated by the mandated district name change, the YouTube Premier video featured the new district logo and name. 

As the overall award winners will serve as the top educators for the 2020-21 school year, they will no longer be Nash-Rocky Mount Public School educators of the year, but instead Nash County Public Schools educators of the year as the district changes its name July 1.