Eaton-Johnson’s Webb finest of the region

Jan. 08, 2014 @ 10:22 PM

When Larry Webb considers his future, he admits he can’t see himself doing anything besides helping children.

That dedication to children in Vance County was a big reason Eaton-Johnson Middle School’s principal was named a regional Principal of the Year. Webb, named Vance County’s winner in November, was honored Wednesday in a surprise assembly at Eaton-Johnson.

“This is less about me and more about my kids, our teachers and our school,” Webb said.

Erika Newkirk, regional education facilitator, made the presentation.

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction divides the state into eight regions and Vance County is located within Region 3. Webb beat out principals from Durham, Wake, Granville, Franklin, Nash, Warren, Johnston, Wilson, Edgecombe, Halifax and Northampton counties to advance in state competition.

Newkirk said Webb was the shining star.

“His passion was evident when he first walked into the room,” she said. “His face just lit up whenever he was talking about his kids.”

Willie Fuller, an assistant principal at Eaton-Johnson, said Webb maintains a strong relationship with his students, parents and teachers.

“We have teachers from Philippines, Jamaica and Transylvania, so he is really good with bringing those teachers in and bringing them under his wing,” he said.

Fuller said Webb has the ability to remain calm and level-headed during times of stress.

“I admire the way he seems to deal with every situation without getting too emotionally involved,” he said. “That’s a very important characteristic to have as principal.”

Choir director Cindy Clark said she appreciates the independence that Webb affords his teachers.

“He doesn’t micromanage,” Clark said. “He gives us the freedom to help students grow.”

Webb has served as an administrator in Vance County Schools since 1999, and has occupied his current position for seven years.

Before coming to Vance County, Webb worked as band director in North Carolina public schools, as well as one high school in South Carolina.

He received his bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University, his master’s degrees from UNC Pembroke and a doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

Regardless of the accolades he earns, Webb says his job as a parent is the most important thing he will ever do.

“I want to be the best teacher for my child,” Webb said of his 15-year-old daughter, who is a sophomore at Northern Vance High School.

“Our job as parents can make a child’s education more challenging or a lot easier,” he said.

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.