New principal ‘honored’ to lead Southern Lee

Oct. 10, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Southern Lee High School has a new principal — its third leader in four months. But he’s far from a new face on campus.

Chris Dossenbach, who has been an assistant principal at the school for two years and who started his education career there in 2007 as an English teacher, was named principal late Tuesday night at the Lee County Board of Education’s monthly meeting. He replaces Gary Moore, who was hired as an interim principal this summer to replace Bonnie Almond.

“I am humbled, honored and excited to be given the opportunity to serve as principal of Southern Lee High School,” Dossenbach said in a written statement.

He also thanked his fellow faculty for preparing him for the job, including Moore and Almond.

“I am confident that I will be able to build upon the wealth of knowledge and guidance these two have graciously given me as I assume leadership at Southern Lee,” Dossenbach said. “I look forward to working with the school community and district leadership in making sure students receive the very best educational opportunities and experiences Southern Lee High School can offer.”

Taking Dossenbach’s former job as one of the school’s assistant principals is Angela Colvin, who has been interning as an administrator at Tramway Elementary School this year after nine years of teaching special education at the high school level — mostly at Southern Lee. She has also taught at Victory Christian Academy in Lillington.

“I am excited about the opportunity to rejoin my Southern Lee family, and I Iook forward to the opportunity to work with Chris as a member of the administrative team,” she said in a written statement. “I truly believe the students and staff of Southern Lee will continue to grow under the new leadership.”

Calvin will transition into her role in the coming weeks, but Dossenbach will begin right away. Both of the new administrators graduated from Lee County High School, a fact that wasn’t lost on Lee County Schools Superintendent Andy Bryan.

“We’re especially proud that both Chris and Angela are products of our school system and believe their career paths speak well of the educational and career opportunities available in our community,” he said.

And although they’re on the same team now, there might still be some friendly rivalries: Dossenbach is an N.C. State University graduate, and Colvin is an alumnus of UNC-Chapel Hill.

Dossenbach received both a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in school administration from N.C. State; Colvin received a BA in psychology from UNC, as well as an Exceptional Children teaching certificate from Fayetteville State University.