HNCE’s Chrissy Cuevas named HCSD Administrator of the Year
By Echo Staff
May 16, 2014, 19:24
Hancock North Central Elementary (HNCE) School principal, Chrissy Cuevas, has been named Administrator of the Year for Hancock County School District (HCSD).
Chrissy and her husband, Brett Cuevas, were both students at HNCE and graduates of Hancock High School (HHS).
Likewise, her parents, Chris & Deborah Martin are both graduates of Hancock North Central; and she is thrilled at the prospect that her son, Ezra, will be a student at HNCE and an HHS graduate.
Chrissy graduated from University of Southern Mississippi and joined a long line of educators in her family, many of whom taught or still teach for HCSD.
As principal of HNCE, Chrissy and her team of administrators and teachers use a data-driven instructional model for student success.
They use a variety of data as tools and tailor instruction to fit students’ individual needs.
Students are growing and learning more than ever.
When asked to describe her most rewarding experience as an educator, Mrs. Cuevas shared, “My educational career has provided me with many amazingly rewarding experiences - each unique, especially as my roles have changed over the years.
“There is one, however, during which I was completely overcome with emotion. This past year, I was honored with the privilege of cutting the ribbon at the Grand Re-opening Ceremony at Hancock North Central Elementary, the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) school in Mississippi.
“Standing in front of the school as principal on the same campus where I attended elementary school years ago, I addressed an audience of architects, Green Council members, public officials, builders, and community members.
“Behind these guests stood the students, staff, and faculty of HNCE - the ones who share my vision, who give their best every day to meet the goals we have set, and who had worked so hard to produce the growth we had just experienced.
“Also in the audience was my own son, who will be a student at HNCE in a just a few years. It was a culminating moment in my career and in my life - a moment of gratitude for all those who have helped shape my life in such a positive manner and for the opportunity to impact so many others in the same way.”
In her career, Chrissy has taught mathematics, science and social studies at Hancock Middle School, mathematics at Hancock High School, served as a guidance counselor for Hancock North Central Elementary and an assistant principal at Hancock High before returning to Hancock North Central to serve as principal.