HUNTERSVILLE – North Mecklenburg High School is getting one of the state’s most decorated principals in Lynn Rhymer.

Cabarrus County Schools recognized Rhymer as Principal of the Year after her first year at Northwest Cabarrus High. She also won N.C.  Principal of the Year in 2013 for her work at Central Cabarrus High.

Her favorite part about being principal is having the ability to build relationships and programs and allow teachers and students to become part of something special.

“I love being a principal, and I love teachers and kids,” she said. “I love being a part of extra-curricular activities. On bad days, I will go and hang with the kids.”

Rhymer taught math in Burke and Gaston counties from 1990 to 2004. She coached girl’s basketball while in Gaston County. 

Although it was a pleasure to teach and coach, Rhymer felt a little nudge inside her to become a principal at Cabarrus County Schools. Rhymer served as principal at Northwest Cabarrus from 2007 to 2011. She has worked at Central Cabarrus since.

When the opportunity arose for her to become principal at North Mecklenburg, she decided to go for it.

“I knew I could do it and make the school rock and roll. I have done this for 26 years of my life,” she said. “This is where I am supposed to be.”

Some of her first concerns revolve around understanding the school.

“I plan to support our teachers and give them what they need to succeed. I want to create that kind of culture and climate,” she said. “Before I can be specific about what do for our kids, I need to listen to the people and understand what the school and teachers need.” 

As an outdoor enthusiast, Rhymer relaxes by the lake in Morganton. When she isn’t staying active, Rhymer hangs out with her two puppies and visits family in Asheville, her hometown.

But the principal says education is her top priority and passion.

“I would rather be doing this than anything else in the world,” Rhymer said.