Mr. Kenneth Simeone, Principal
Welcome to the 2020-2021 School year and the first year for The Cabarrus Virtual Academy. I am excited that you will be here to help us start our program and make this year an amazing one for our students. This is my first year as a Principal, but my 7th year as a school administrator. I am honored to be leading our group of students this school year and cannot wait to see our growth throughout the year.
I am originally from Milford Connecticut where I went to Joseph A. Foran High School. While at Foran High School, I was a State Champion in Cross Country and Track in Distance Events. While at Foran, I was recruited by Universities to come further my education and athletic career. I chose to come to UNC Charlotte (Go Niners!) because of the warm weather and high quality education that I would receive. While at UNC Charlotte, I majored in Special Education with a Minor in English. I was also able to compete in Cross Country and Track at the Division 1 level while at UNCC as well which allowed me to travel all over the United States. During my time as a Niner, I ran the Mile, 3K, 5K, 10K, and the 3000m Steeple Chase. Even though I have been gone for a few years from College, a few of my times in Track are still in the Top 10 all time for UNCC!
I started my career in 2007 as a sixth grade English teacher as a long term replacement for a teacher at CC Griffin Middle School. When the year ended, I stayed at CC Griffin Middle School but moved to Special Education where I taught students in a self-contained classroom setting for students with behavioral and emotional disabilities. After five years at CC Griffin Middle School, I moved to The Cabarrus County Opportunity School as the behavior specialist to assist students in returning to their homeschool. During my first two years, we were able to transition 90% of our students back to their homeschool which was the highest in the State for alternative schools. During my time at The Opportunity School, I pursued my Masters in School Administration from UNC Charlotte. After two years as a behavior specialist, I was promoted to be the Assistant Principal at The Opportunity School where I stayed for three more years. We continued to show a high level of success with our students during my time as an Assistant Principal. In 2017, I transferred to Jay M. Robinson High School as an Assistant Principal where I stayed for three years which brings me to where I am now!
When I am not working at The Virtual Academy with our students, parents, and staff I enjoy hanging out with my wife Jenelle and my 2 ½ year old daughter Luciana. I enjoy fishing, running, gardening, and working on aquariums (I have 4!) in any of my free time.
Please feel free to contact me this year if I can assist you or your student in any way.