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  • Glenda Jones David Hicks The Raymond Sarbaugh Leadership Award, NCASA’s highest honor, is given annually to a member who has shown outstanding leadership in public school service as well as commitment to enhancing and supporting the efforts of NCASA on behalf of his or her fellow school administrators. The award is named for NCASA’s first full-time and longest-serving Executive Director, the late Raymond Sarbaugh. This year, NCASA is proud to honor two outstanding members for their service – Assistant Superintendent of Cabarrus County Schools Glenda Jones, Ed.S; and David Hicks, Principal of Meadowbrook Academy in Stokes County.

    Prior to joining Cabarrus County Schools in 2014, Glenda Jones served in Lee County as the assistant superintendent of human resources, public information officer, building administrator, and teacher. Jones completed her undergraduate degree at Black Hills State University in South Dakota. She earned a master’s degree at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke and completed post graduate studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

    Jones is passionate about public education and spends a great deal of time advocating for educator salaries and benefits. She is a past president of the Personnel Administrators of North Carolina (PANC) and currently serves on its steering committee as public information officer. Jones also serves on the North Carolina Superintendent’s Task Force for Teacher Recruitment, Retention, and Credentialing and was appointed by the North Carolina Senate in 2017 to serve on the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC). She has served on the board of directors for NCASA and currently serves on several advisory boards for both public and private universities in North Carolina. Jones continues to serve as a member of the North Carolina State Health Plan HR Directors Roundtable. Jones is a veteran of the United States Air Force, wife of 36 years (Tom), and proud mother of a school teacher and nurse. Glenda and Tom are active members of Cramerton Free Will Baptist Church and make their home in Charlotte.

    David Hicks has been a teacher, coach, and administrator in North Carolina Public Schools for 32 years. He started his career in 1986 as a Band Director, and then moved into teaching computer applications in 1995. He became an administrator in 1999 and a Principal in 2005. He is the Principal of Meadowbrook Academy, and has served in this capacity since 2011. Meadowbrook is an Alternative School that uses a digital environment to assist at-risk students in achieving graduation. Since Mr. Hicks came to Meadowbrook, the graduation rate has tripled and the overall success rate has risen from 4% to 60%. Alternative Education is his passion, and he has presented Meadowbrook’s formula for success to many school districts across North Carolina.

    Hicks has been selected as the Principal of the Year for the Stokes County School District in 2007 and 2016, and served as the President of the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association in 2016. He has been an advocate for NC Principals and Assistant Principals across NC since becoming a board member for NCPAPA in 2009. He also serves on the North Carolina Association of School Administrators Board of Directors and the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development Board of Directors. Education is a big part of Mr. Hicks’ family. He has been married to his wife Cheryl for 30 years, and she is a High School Assistant Principal. He has one daughter who is in her 6th year of teaching middle school.

    Previous Sarbaugh Leadership Award recipients include: 

    2017 | Frank Till, Jr.
    2016 | Dr. Rodney Shotwell
    2015 | Dr. Dudley Flood, Charlie Glazener
    2014 | Jo Ann Norris
    2013 | Donald L. Martin, Jr. 
    2012 | Dr. James Casuby
    2011 | Dr. Larry Price
    2010 | Mr. Jack Hoke
    2009 | Ms. Melisa Jessup