NEWS RELEASES 2014-15 :: FEBRUARY 3, 2015

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Eight outstanding public school principals have been selected as regional Wells Fargo North Carolina Principals of the Year and will now compete for the state title of 2015 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year. The winner will succeed the 2014 recipient, Carrie Tulbert, principal of Mooresville Middle (Mooresville Graded School District).

The regional principals of the year are:

  • Region I: Steve Lassiter, Pactolus Elementary (Pitt County Schools);
  • Region II: Robin Hamilton, Parsley Elementary (New Hanover County Schools);
  • Region III: Tonya Williams, Sherwood Githens Middle (Durham Public Schools);
  • Region IV: Kim Robertson, Elizabeth Cashwell Elementary (Cumberland County Schools);
  • Region V: Christopher Poston, Pittsboro Elementary (Chatham County Schools);
  • Region VI: Adam Auerbach, Wolf Meadow Elementary (Cabarrus County Schools);
  • Region VII: Shane Mace, East Burke Middle (Burke County Schools); and
  • Region VIII: Scott Rhodes, East Henderson High (Henderson County Schools).

“Congratulations to our eight regional recipients who exemplify the outstanding instructional leaders in schools across the state. Our students graduate career and college ready because of their relentless dedication,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “We appreciate The Wells Fargo Foundation for its faithful sponsorship of this program that enables us to recognize exemplary public school leaders.”

A state selection committee will review the portfolios of the eight regional winners and conduct an extensive interview process before selecting the 2015 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year.

The recipient will be announced on May 1 in Cary during a luncheon sponsored by Wells Fargo to honor the regional winners. The 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 regional winners will receive $1,000 for personal use and $1,000 for their schools.

This year marks 31 years of a partnership between the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and The Wells Fargo Foundation. Since the program began in 1984, 35 Principals of the Year and 235 regional recipients have been recognized. In addition, The Wells Fargo Foundation has provided more than $1 million in cash awards to these individuals.

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.