When Torrence Creek Elementary students return in January, there will be a new person in the principal’s chair.
Chuck Nusinov will replace current Principal Penni Beth Crisp on Jan. 3. He comes to Torrence Creek from David Cox Road Elementary School in Charlotte. Crisp, who has been at Torrence Creek since its opening, will take over as principal at Clear Creek Elementary School in Charlotte.
“It’s a win-win situation for everybody,” said Charity Bell, executive director for the Northeast Learning Zone. Crisp wanted to find a school closer to her home, Bell said, and Nusinov lives in the Torrence Creek neighborhood. “What better place to build relationships than there, with people in the community where you already live,” Bell said.
“(Crisp) has provided amazing leadership over her five and a half years with us,” Torrence Creek parent Shannon Vecchiarello said in an email. “Though she will be greatly missed, we are excited for her and this new opportunity.”
Nusinov began his work with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 1997 as a math teacher at Albemarle Road Middle and Harding University High schools before pursuing his principalship. He is also an instructor at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Wingate University, where he teaches education courses.
He has won several North Carolina teaching awards and has presented at educational conferences in North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
He holds a master’s degree in school administration and curriculum and instruction from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and a bachelor’s degree in marketing and business administration from the University of Baltimore.