S2E5: Together we learn, lead, and serve

Craig Smith is the Principal of Lake Norman Charter High School in Huntersville, North Carolina. He joined LNC in July of 2015. Lake Norman Charter HS has received a grade of “A” from the state of North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for the past four years. LNC was designated as a 2017, 2018, 2019, & 2020 “Gold Medal” school according to the U.S. News & World Report (Top 500 HS’s in the Nation), listed as the top Charlotte-region high school and placed in the top 1% nationally in 2018. LNC provides leadership integration and service-learning to align with the mission of “Together we learn, lead, and serve.” Previously, Craig was the Assistant Principal of Ashbrook High School (Gastonia, NC). Before entering administration, Craig was a successful high school math teacher and coach at Hopewell High School (Huntersville, NC). He earned his B.A. from Western Michigan University and his M.A. from Gardner-Webb University. He currently serves on the WMU Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Contact Craig on Twitter @CSmithGoBlue

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Robert Breyer is the “proud” principal of Cameron Elementary School in Cameron, NC. He also makes time to coach aspiring leaders who are looking to make the transition from teacher to administration. He is the host of The Guiding Principals Podcast, where he encourages visionary school leaders to share the stories of their own leadership journey and celebrates their successes along the way. Connect with Robert on his website at www.beyondthedeskleadership.com or via Twitter @rbleads

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