North Stokes Principal Nathan Rasey has been named Stokes County Principal of the Year, a recognition voted upon by administrators in the district. The award was announced on Monday afternoon at a Back-to-School Conference held at Southeastern Middle in Walnut Cove.
During his tenure as principal, North Stokes has consistently maintained one of the highest graduation rates in North Carolina as well as the highest in the district at 95.4 percent. This year’s 88 graduates earned $1.7 million in scholarships. The school has also earned state titles in athletics and in 2016, the school was named a Signature School by the Piedmont-Triad Education Consortium.
Stokes County Superintendent Dr. Brad Rice recalled last year’s difficult decision to end the school’s football program midseason.
“I realized very quickly that North Stokes was in good hands,” he said. “Mr. Rasey had things handled in a professional manner. He was well-spoken and kept students at the heart of a controversial decision, but the only decision to be made if you care about students. He handled that with grace and class,” Rice said.
Rasey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Piedmont Bible College, Winston-Salem. He received his Master’s in Education in Health and Human Performance from UNC-Greensboro. He earned his Master’s in School Administration from Appalachian State. Rasey came to North Stokes High in July of 2009 as Assistant Principal under Ronnie Mendenhall, former North Stokes Principal. In July 2011, Rasey was named Principal of North Stokes High School.
Rasey’s teaching and coaching career spans 20 years in Davidson and Forsyth Counties which include Director of Athletics and coach at Union Grove Christian School; Associate Professor of Physical Education, Director of Athletics and Head Coach of Men’s Basketball at Piedmont Bible College. He has achieved several NCCAA achievement awards. He also taught and coached in Davidson County.
“Thank you,” Rasey said, genuinely surprised by the honor. “Recognition from your peers is the greatest recognition you can have. This means the world to me.”
The principal thanked the Lord for allowing him to work in the Stokes County School system.
“We have some special things going here that just don’t happen in other counties. I’m very thankful to my family, my wife and my daughters. It’s not always easy when your dad is the principal of your high school and I’m very proud of them.”
Rasey also recognized the staff at North Stokes, including Vice Principal Lisa Moore.
“I wouldn’t trade them for the world; they do a great job,” he said. “And any accomplishments we have at North Stokes, awards we may receive or credits, Mrs. Moore has her hands in it and I couldn’t do it without her.”
Rasey will go on to compete in the regional competition this February. The Wells Fargo Principal of the Year Award was introduced in 1984 to recognize outstanding leadership in North Carolina’s schools and the role of the principal in establishing an environment conducive to the pursuit and achievement of academic excellence. Wells Fargo sponsors the award in conjunction with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.