NEWS RELEASES 2010-11 :: FEBRUARY 1, 2011


Eight outstanding principals have been selected regional Wachovia/Wells Fargo Principals of the Year and will now compete for the state title of 2011 Wachovia/Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year. The winner will succeed the 2010 Wachovia/Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year Jan King. King is principal of Glenn Marlow Elementary School (Henderson County Schools).

The regional principals of the year are:

  • North Central Region: Elizabeth Shearer, City of Medicine Academy (Durham Public Schools);
  • Northeast Region: Diane Newbern, Currituck County High (Currituck County Schools);
  • Northwest Region: Sandy George, Mount Airy High (Mount Airy City Schools);
  • Southeast Region: Lisa Tart, Grantham School (Wayne County Schools);
  • Southwest Region: Rob Jackson, Cuthbertson High (Union County Schools);
  • Sandhills/South Central Region: Cory Satterfield, Richmond Senior High (Richmond County Schools);
  • Piedmont-Triad/Central Region: Anna Brady, Grimsley High (Guilford County Schools); and
  • West Region: Marcia Perry, Haw Creek Elementary (Buncombe County Schools).

"Congratulations to these eight regional Wachovia/Wells Fargo Principals of the Year who demonstrate the leadership skills we are so fortunate to have in public schools across the state," State Superintendent June Atkinson said. "We are truly blessed to have corporate sponsors such as The Wachovia Foundation that enable us to recognize exemplary school administrators for the outstanding work they do on a daily basis."

"At Wachovia, A Wells Fargo Company, we believe that we're responsible for being leaders to promote the long-term economic prosperity and quality of life for everyone in our communities. If they prosper, so do we. Every child deserves a quality education and extraordinary educators like these make that possible," said Juan Austin, Wachovia's Community Affairs Manager. "We are proud to support this program and to celebrate the men and women who are role models for all of us as leaders for their tireless commitment to their schools, students and communities."

A State Selection Committee will review the portfolios of the eight regional winners and visit each candidate's school campus. Results of these site visits, portfolio assessments and personal interviews will be used to determine the 2011 Wachovia/Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year.

The recipient will be announced in Raleigh at a state luncheon in the spring sponsored by Wachovia/Wells Fargo to honor the regional winners. The Wachovia/Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year will receive a $3,000 check for personal use and/or professional development and a $3,000 check for his or her school to purchase materials or other equipment. The winner also will serve a one-year term as advisor to the State Board of Education. The eight regional winners each will receive $1,000 for personal use and $1,000 for their schools.

Since the program began in 1984, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and The Wachovia Foundation have recognized 30 Wachovia Principals of the Year, and 194 regional recipients. In addition, The Wachovia Foundation has provided more than $1 million in cash awards to these individuals. In its 27th year, the program provides a unique opportunity to recognize outstanding principals from North Carolina public schools.

For more information, please contact the NCDPI's Communications division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.