Friday, March 4, 2016

Educational Update from AC

A HUGE WIN for my kids' education: An exceptional educator and leader has been selected as Lake Norman Charter's new high school principal!


Dear Lake Norman Charter Families:

It is my pleasure to announce that after conducting a nationwide search, which resulted in applicants from across the country, Mr. Craig Smith was offered and has accepted the permanent position of Lake Norman Charter High School Principal, effective immediately. As you are aware, Mr. Smith has served as our interim high school principal since last July.

The interview process began with the screening committee narrowing the applicant pool to six candidates, three from out of state. From there, the final two candidates were identified and participated in day-long interviews with our panel consisting of various LNC stakeholders. Mr. Smith was the standout candidate in this comprehensive process. Thank you to those parents, students and staff for their help in this important process.

Prior to joining LNC, Mr. Smith was assistant principal for four years at Ashbrook High School in Gaston County, a diverse school of approximately 1,400 students. He also has experience as a teacher, coach and Dean of Students at Hopewell High School. Mr. Smith taught high school math before entering administration.

Mr. Smith was a successful leader at Ashbrook, achieving many accomplishments including being selected as a finalist for Gaston County Schools Assistant Principal of the Year in 2015, increasing the school’s graduation rate each year, and being named one of the “Top 25 NC Educators to Follow on Twitter” an affirmation of his exceptional communication skills. Mr. Smith earned his B.A. from Western Michigan University and was an Honor Graduate when he received his M.A. from Gardner-Webb University. 

In the short time that Mr. Smith has been with LNC he has spread his enthusiasm and energy for our students, staff and school, encouraging all of those stakeholders to “Embrace the Expectations” to achieve the highest level of performance possible.

I am confident that Mr. Smith is the right person to lead LNC HS. I believe he will continue to improve and build upon the high level of academic rigor, the vital partnerships with our families and the support of our top-notch high school faculty and staff. Please join me in welcoming Mr. Smith permanently to LNC!


Shannon Stein



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