Dare names Manteo administrator its principal of the year

By on October 26, 2018

Steve Blackstock of Manteo Elementary School has been named Dare County Schools’ 2018-2019 Principal of the Year.

Each district in North Carolina chooses a Principal of the Year, and that person is nominated and elected by his/her peers.

Blackstock is a graduate of James Madison University, where he majored in music. Following graduation, he taught band in Chesterfield, Virginia. In 2002, he moved to Dare County to teach math at First Flight Middle School.

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“After the first year of teaching at First Flight Middle, I was hooked. I fell in love with teaching in this county,” he said.

Blackstock also taught math at First Flight High School and oversaw the Freshman Academy initiative.

In 2009, Blackstock was accepted as a North Carolina Principal Fellow. The two-year commitment provides fellows with a degree in school administration and a year-long internship experience.

After completing his internship at Manteo Elementary, Blackstock knew that school leadership was his calling.

Blackstock lives in Kitty Hawk and is the organist and choir director at All Saints Episcopal Church in Southern Shores. Music is one of his passions and a driving force in his life.

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In 2015 Blackstock was named the principal of Manteo Elementary School. During his tenure, the school has exceeded expected growth and increased one letter on the school performance grading rubric.

The school has seen tremendous growth, but Blackstock still has high hopes.

“I am proud of the hard work of our staff and students,” he said. “With the support of our outstanding Manteo community, our success is just beginning. We are just getting warmed up.”

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