Alumnus Named Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Principal of the Year

by: Ann Doss Helms, WFAE

Renaissance West STEAM Academy opened in west Charlotte in 2017 with high hopes and massive community support. It’s the centerpiece of a project that replaced the dilapidated Boulevard Homes public housing project, surrounded by subsidized housing, child care, a senior center and other support systems.

But until Dwight Thompson took over as the pre-K-8 school’s third principal in 2021, it didn’t have much to celebrate.