Parkland High assistant principal wins new award


Henry Pankey (The Winston-Salem Journal)

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Parkland High School Assistant Principal Henry Pankey, already an accomplished author, speaker and former principal of the year, has added a new line to his lengthy résumé: 2012 Assistant Principal of the Year, according to the N.C. Association of Educators.

Pankey, 60, has been at Parkland since 2005, when he came out of an early retirement to join the staff. Originally from Laurinburg, Pankey made a name for himself as a school administrator in New York City and Durham, where he was credited with helping to turn around failing schools.

He was barely retired from that career, and on a book tour for his memoir, “Standing in the Shadows of Greatness,” when the call came from Parkland Principal Tim Lee asking if he’d be interested in joining the Parkland staff. Now he drives every school day from his home in Durham, about an hour-and-a-half each way.

“I think that tells you how I feel about Parkland,” he said.

Pankey said Thursday that the new award is “the result of a team effort.” He said he simply rides “the coattails of some great teachers, some hardworking students” and the rest of Parkland’s staff.

“They’ve never disappointed me,” he said.

This article was written by Travis Fain and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read more.

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