Denise Fallon, Principal JP Knapp Early College
I am married to my best friend Tony and we have 4 wonderful children who have, in each their own unique way, taught me a great deal about what it takes to make a difference in the lives of young people.
I am a native of Currituck and graduated from CCHS in 1984. I attended The University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a major in middle grades mathematics and social studies education. After graduation, I worked as a middle school teacher in Camden for 10 years. While in Camden, I was honored to be named Camden Middle School's Teacher of the Year in 1994. While in Camden, I earned my Master's Degree in Middle Grades Education from East Carolina University. In 1997, I had the privilege to work with the Department of Public Instruction on Northeastern North Carolina's State Assistance Team.
In 1999, I returned to my roots and began teaching mathematics at Currituck County Middle School. In 2000, I earned National Board Certification in Early Adolescent Mathematics. In 2002, I transferred to CCHS and began my work with the Knights' family. During my tenure as a teacher at CCHS, I taught Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. I also, completed certification in Educational Leadership from the George Washington University in 2009 and renewed my National Board Certification in 2010. In addition to my work in education, I have served as the chairperson for the Currituck County Parks and Recreation advisory board, taught a class for beginning teachers through COA's 2 + 2 program and volunteer frequently in the schools and community. I worked at Currituck County High School for three years as assistant principal before joining the staff at Knapp as the assistant principal in 2013.During my tenure as the assistant principal at JP Knapp Early College High School, I found myself serving students in a number of capacities. Indeed, curriculum and instruction are my passion but you could often find me working as the back-up bookkeeper, bus supervisor, COA liaison, PD planner, recruitment coordinator, student/staff recognition specialist, senior events coordinator, or master scheduler at the school. In October 2018, I was thrilled to transition to the role as principal of JP Knapp Early College.
I have several “yardsticks” I use to guide me as a building administrator on educational issues. I believe you will find each of them to be self-explanatory:
First: Is that what is best for students?,
Second: (The Four Essential Questions) What do you want students to learn? How will you know if they learned it? What will you do if they do not learn it? What will you do if they already know it?, and last but not least;
Third: As the Principal to a teacher, "Would I put my child in your class?"
Please feel free to stop by our school anytime. Its a great school! I look forward to meeting and working with each of you!
Phone: (252) 232-3107
Cell: (252) 312-8954
Hello and thank you for taking the time to visit us here at J. P. Knapp Early College High School. I am honored to be here and be a member of the Spartan family; where staff, students, and parents work collaboratively to have a postive impact on individuals, our school, and our community. This is an incredible educational setting that is driven by our Mission of "Discovering Excellence Within" .
True Inspiration: At the age of 9, my oldest son, began to play football and for many years, football was a huge part of life at the Fallon house. All of the Fallons played, coached, or supported Currituck Football. As a parent, I was intrigued by the idea of building a successful program for youngsters. As an educator, I was moved by the wisdom of Vince Lombardi. He was a renowned football coach who led the Green Bay Packers to five NFL championships and two Super Bowl championships over a nine year period. Before Lombardi took over the coaching position, the Packers were a losing team, so he gained fame as a talented motivator. Lombardi pushed players to work hard and persevere, and his tactics eventually paid off with many victories. Lombardi passed away in 1970, but his dedication and his work ethic continues to define the sport of football. 15 years after I was introduced to Lombardi's wisdom, I am still inspired by his ideals and his philosophy of leadership.
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”
“Individual commitment to a group effort, that is what makes a team work.”
“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
“Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later, the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.”
“Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off of the goal.”
My loves: My family, my friends, boatrides to Corolla, long summer days, baby goats, fishing in a Carolina Skiff, reading a nice long book, PBS, a cold Diet Pepsi, an oyster roast, taking naps, visiting new places, mowing the grass with fresh new blades, a bargain, the sound of an acoustic guitar, riding with the windows down, twin intuition, blazing camp fires, loud beach music, a cup of Earl Grey with cream and sugar, a Fallon in uniform, 5 am snow days, Sunday drives, fresh sheets, a steamy seafood boil, ......
My distastes: Lazy folks, food on a stick, dark chocolate, a fixed mindset, blueberry pie, lack of integrity, a weekend alarm clock, complainers/not-doers, blue eye shadow, and watching TV with commercials