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Hopper selected as region’s top principal

posted Dec 15, 2017, 12:49 PM by Greg Shull   [ updated Dec 15, 2017, 1:51 PM ]

At Cleveland Early College High (CECHS), Titus Hopper works diligently to instill the expectation of “Think right, do right.” Such efforts have created a culture of success and earned Hopper top honors as regional principal of the year for the Southwest Region, which includes 11 public school districts.

“This recognition comes as no surprise as Mr. Hopper does a great job every day,” said Dr. Stephen Fisher, superintendent of Cleveland County Schools. “We congratulate Mr. Hopper as this recognition is well deserved.”

Mr. Hopper was surprised as the entire school body along with various school board members, district administrators, school staff, and a regional representative from the state, secretly convened to recognize him as the first regional principal of the year from Cleveland County Schools.

“There’s something special about him,” said Karol McNeil-Horton, Southwest Regional Educator Facilitator. “His favorite letters of the alphabet are e and r … after every adjective he likes to put er – greater, stronger, better.”

“We are proud of Mr. Hopper as well as the school’s students and staff,” said Shearra Miller, the chairperson of the Cleveland County Board of Education. “This would not have been possible if it were not for such a great team at CECHS.”

“Wow,” Hopper expressed to all in attendance. “I am pleasantly surprised, again,” referring to the previous announcement of the district’s principal of the year.

Mr. Hopper credits the success of the school to his staff saying, “We think it at CECHS, and we do it.”

“The only thing I want to do as principal of the year is tell all the great things our teachers do,” added Hopper.

Hopper will compete with other regional winners for the title of North Carolina Principal of the Year.