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Pender Early College HS promotes 16-year teacher to principal

Daniel Sidor will take over as Pender Early College High School principal following Christie Brown’s retirement at the end of the month. (Courtesy PCS)

PENDER COUNTY — A longtime Pender County teacher has been hired as the new principal of Pender Early College High School.

Pender County Schools announced Thursday the appointment of Daniel Sidor, a teacher at PECHS since 2007 — one year after the school opened its doors. Current principal Christie Brown will be retiring at the end of September.

During his tenure, Sidor has served as the lead teacher, supporting his colleagues and contributing to the school’s growth and development. He’s also served as substitute principal since 2013 and summer principal in 2016 and 2021 through 2023. Sidor has also worked at Cape Fear Community College.

“It has been a long-term goal to have the opportunity to serve in a higher leadership position at PECHS,” Sidor said in a press release. “I have been a committed teacher at PECHS for over 16 years, and I’m thankful that Pender County Schools has entrusted me with this opportunity to serve as principal.”

One of Sidor’s main accomplishments at the school was creating pacing guides and curriculum for multiple courses, benefiting both Pender County Schools and North Carolina Virtual Public Schools, where he also worked as an educator. “His dedication to fostering student growth and reflection is evident through his work with the Comprehensive Academic Portfolio (CAP) program,” the release states.

Sidor earned a master’s in education with a focus on curriculum and instructional supervision in 2012 from UNCW. He also obtained an administration add-on licensure the same year.

He was awarded Teacher of the Year at PECHS in 2016 and 2019.

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