MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - David Sikes and Pat Kornegay. Two principals at two different schools, two entirely different people yet bound by a common thread of trying to make a difference. Not just in the lives of children but pulling out the best in their teachers.
Highland Avenue Elementary school teacher Eddicca Robertson says she is not the same instructor after working a few years for Kornegay.
"Her biggest thing is trying to pull out the giant in a person. Everybody has a little something in them. They can be bigger than what they are," said Robertson.
One reason why Mrs. Kornegay is the Montgomery County school district's elementary principal of the month for January. Kornegay isn't shy about touting her leadership skills, and tells the story of she and her staff helped turn around a second grader who struggled at first but is now doing well.
"When he first came here he said he didn't want to be here. I said you will and I will be your second mom and guide you," said Kornegay.
The job of a school principal is said to be unpredictable. So many changes in an hour. David Sikes became the high school principal of the month for January. A former collegiate football coach.. now the man in charge in the halls of learning at Lee High School.
Bryan: "What did you give up to become principal?"
Sikes: "You give up a lot of your time," said Sikes.
High praise for Sikes from teacher Susan Duncan.
"He is very consistent and has a good rapport with the teachers and students," said Duncan who teaches AP Biology at Lee High.
It was Montgomery County School Superintendent Barbara Thompson who instituted the program to honor principals on a monthly basis with Sikes and Kornegay becoming the first.
Thompson remembers what it was like coming up through the ranks.
"It is a lonely job," said Thompson.
Kornegay and Sikes were nominated by their staff and then selected by an independent panel based on leadership, attitude and the success of their school.
David Sikes, Pat Kornegay, two veteran principals changing lives one school day at a time.
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