Glenn Reed

Nov. 28, 2017

Twenty-six years ago, Glenn Reed ’91 would have laughed if someone told him he would receive the 2017 Watson College of Education Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award for his contributions to education. His initial plan was to pursue a career as an interpreter in the business sector.

Reed, the 2012 Onslow County and Southeastern Regional Principal of the Year, became an educator by chance. He was among the first group of N.C. Teaching Fellows. His goal was to teach three years and then seek opportunities as a French interpreter with a corporation overseas. Once he began teaching, Reed decided to take a different path.

“I began to love teaching. As I expanded my role outside the classroom, I became even more energized,” said Reed, principal at Dixon Elementary School. “I am very lucky to have a passion for what I do.”

Reed taught French in the Onslow County school system before becoming an administrator. He is credited for significantly raising student achievement and turning around low-performing schools in Onslow County. He has implemented a themed school concept at Dixon Elementary School, where the focus is global leadership. He attributes his success to surrounding himself with great people.

“I am lucky to be working with some of the best educators in the state,” he said. “The 2017 Teacher of the Year is in my school, and she is one of many outstanding teachers I work with. I have formed some great relationships with county- and district-level folks that have really helped me in my career.”

Reed also credits UNCW for providing the foundation to become a great educator and leader. 

“UNCW is the training ground for preparing teachers,” he said. “It laid the foundation for everything that was to come. Like most education majors, you are not really sure what to expect. By the time I left UNCW, I had a good understanding and was ready to join the workforce. It’s fantastic to be recognized by the university I attended for the work they prepared me to do.”

-- Venita Jenkins