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Pender County Schools announces Principal Appointments

posted Apr 11, 2018, 10:59 AM by Miranda Ferguson
Pender County Schools announces Principal Appointments
PENDER COUNTY -- The Pender County Board of Education appointed several new principals for the 2018-19 school year during its regular Board meeting on Tuesday, April 10. 

“We are excited to announce the principals of Surf City Elementary School and Surf City Middle School, as well as new leadership at Topsail Middle School,” said Dr. Steven Hill, superintendent of Pender County Schools. “We are confident the named principals will establish and maintain a strong academic foundation that will continue to support Pender County as a leading school district in the State of North Carolina.”


Brian Allen, Surf City Elementary School 
Mr. Brian Allen, currently assistant principal at Topsail Elementary School, has been named principal of Surf City Elementary School. Mr. Allen earned his bachelor’s degree, as well as master’s degrees in Elementary Education and School Administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Mr. Allen brings eight years of experience in the field of education to the position. He is excited to serve as principal of Surf City Elementary School.

“I’m looking forward to building a culture and identity for the school that really embraces the community,” Mr. Allen said. “We cannot wait to open our doors to students, families, and staff and continuing the tradition of excellence in Pender County Schools.”

Dr. Anna Romero-Lehrer, Surf City Middle School 
Dr. Romero-Lehrer, currently the principal at Topsail Middle School, has been named principal of Surf City Middle School. She recently earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico and a master’s degree from Lesley University. Dr. Romero-Lehrer brings 37 years of experience working in education to Surf City Middle School, 23 of which have been as a building administrator. 

Dr. Romero-Lehrer is looking forward to the opportunity to open a new school in the Topsail area. 

“Pender County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state,” Dr. Romero-Lehrer said. “Having been a part of the Topsail school community since 2007, I have seen the impact this growth has had on our schools. I’m very happy to be involved in the opening Surf City Middle School and creating a learning environment where students receive the educational experience families have come to expect from Pender County Schools.” 

Jake Lawrence, Topsail Middle School 
Mr. Lawrence, currently serving as the assistant principal at Topsail Middle School, has been named the school’s principal. Mr. Lawrence brings 11 years of experience in the profession to his new position. He holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees in both Educational Leadership and Health and Human Performance from Pittsburg State University.

Mr. Lawrence has served as assistant principal at Topsail Middle School for three years, during which time he said he has been fortunate to learn and grow from Dr. Romero-Lehrer and school staff.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to collaborate with Surf City Middle School to create two great schools for our students,” Mr. Lawrence said. “Surf City Middle School will be made up of current Topsail Middle School students, and many staff members will also be coming from Topsail Middle. We have already begun discussing ways we can work together to support students and staff and build the community around both schools.”
















Brian Allen, Surf City Elementary Principal

Dr. Anna Romero-Lehrer, Surf City Middle Principal

Jake Lawrence, Topsail Middle Principal

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