During National Principals Month, schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area are appreciating the leaders who are at the center of elementary, middle and high schools.
Charles Blanchard is in his fifth year serving as the principal of Chapel Hill High School. Before moving to the area, he was a principal at multiple schools in Greensboro.
“The reason I wanted to become a principal is just having the ability to impact all of the students and the entire school community,” Blanchard said. “I'm always just so impressed by the passion and the great things that our kids and our teachers do.”
Lewis Newman, the athletic director at Chapel Hill High School, said he is a longtime colleague of Blanchard. He said they worked together at Grimsley High School in Greensboro before Blanchard moved to Chapel Hill, and Newman followed him to Chapel Hill High School
Newman said that if Blanchard were to leave, he’d be interested in following him wherever he goes.
Blanchard said he engages with the community on a daily basis. He said he greets everyone in the halls, attends sporting events and works to make sure all of his students and staff feel valued.
“Every day he goes on the announcements and either compliments specific students who did well or sports teams,” Aarya Potti, the tiger roar president of the Chapel Hill High School student government, said. “He’s just very present and you can tell that he cares about the students and community.”
At Guy B. Phillips Middle School, Tiffany Cheshire said she is the newly appointed principal after serving as the assistant principal for five years. Her previous experience working at the school helps her connect with staff and students.
“The fact that I get to work with teachers from all different backgrounds, all different departments, all different experiences — that was really exciting for me,” Cheshire said. “When this position came open, I felt really excited about the opportunity.”