Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s youngest high school principal takes reins at N.C. school

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Monday, July 22, 2013

From her first day at Davidson College, Laura Rosenbach knew she wanted to be a teacher.

Moving into the management side of education wasn’t her career goal at the time, yet that’s exactly where Rosenbach is making her biggest impact on students.

Rosenbach recently was named principal of William A. Hough High School, becoming, at 36, the youngest high school principal in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system. She replaced Terri Cockerham, who was promoted to CMS’s chief human resources officer and had been Hough High’s principal since its opening in 2010.

“When you leave the classroom, it’s a different dynamic with the kids,” said Rosenbach, whose first day as Hough High’s principal was July 1. “I really miss the daily classroom interaction with the kids. That relationship teachers have with kids is very unique, and I miss that. But I also saw the power (principals have) that you can influence more kids, to provide them with more support than just in the classroom.

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