School Zone Report: Local assistant principal named best in U.S.

ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) - The assistant principal of South Pointe High School will soon go to DC to accept her award of Assistant principal of the year. It's being handed out by the National Association of Secondary school principals.

When Denise Khaalid found out she beat out 50 other administrators for the title, she was surprised.

"Are you serious," Khaalid said.

Khaalid has been assistant principal at South Pointe High for seven years. She is credited for boosting the school's literacy program, tweaking the school's homework policy and helping teachers be more effective.

The assistant principal of the year says her advice to other administrators is lead by example. She says that's how you connect with teachers.

"The things that I ask teachers to do I try to model it as much as possible myself if I am talking to them about the best way to organize instruction in the classroom then when I am working and presenting with them I am demonstrating that," Khaalid said.

She connects with her students by letting them who is in charge.

"My students know me they feel like I am always on them whether it's about grades or following dress code," Khaalid said.

But more importantly,she says she lets them know she believes in them.

"All kids can learn and they can achieve," Khaalid said.

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