Learning to thrive outside her comfort zone has enabled Ann Honeycutt to develop many skills over her life. From learning to trench a one-person tent as a camp counselor in college, to snow skiing and, most recently, leading a major fundraiser for Alamance Arts she has put those skills to use in her many endeavors as a teacher and community volunteer. After a long career as a teacher, principal, consultant and content coach in Alamance and other school systems in North Carolina, Ann became involved in a big way in Alamance County community organizations.
Ann has served on the board and as president of the Alamance County Sister Cities Program in South Korea and Mexico. This organization started in 2000 with a mission of promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation, one individual and one community at a time. The vision of this of AC Sister Cities is to enrich the lives of county residents by promoting appreciation for different cultures and the global connections of all peoples. Clearly this important work is needed during these challenging times.
Again as a board member and president of Alamance Battleground Friends, Ann jumped in to help tell more stories of women’s history and committed to telling a more diverse story at Alamance Battleground. Under her leadership the board not only improved their financial standing and programming but created a younger more diverse board to better reflect the community.
As a current Founders’ Award Nominee for the Women’s Resource Center, she was asked: “What have you done recently that required you to be courageous?” Ann’s answer:
“In 2019 I became the chair of a major fundraiser for Alamance Arts. I was truly terrified as I was following in the footsteps of a strong leader and it was far outside my comfort zone. I lost a lot of sleep but jumped in like I know exactly how to organize the event. Saying I was nervous would be an understatement. I wanted to resign, but knew that was not an option. I needed someone to hold my hand and be my guide. That person was there and with a lot of encouragement and help from outstanding individuals, we made it happen. Now into year three of the project; I feel confident and ready for the challenge.”
Ann has embraced the challenges the current pandemic has raised by becoming creative in her approach to planning the 250th Battle of Alamance commemoration, remote site visits in Mexico and other endeavors. Ann Leads the Way in Alamance County with her roll up the sleeves and get the work done approach to everything she does and it is truly appreciated by the people with whom she has worked.