NEWS RELEASES 2015-16 :: MAY 11, 2016


The 2016 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year will be announced Thursday, May 12, during a luncheon being held at The Umstead, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary. The actual announcement is expected to take place around 1:15 p.m.

Finalists for the award are:

  • Northeast: William Peele, Bertie Middle (Bertie County Schools);
  • Southeast: Molly White, Lincoln Elementary (Brunswick County Schools);
  • North Central: Matthew Hunt, Northern High (Durham Public Schools);
  • Sandhills: Melody Chalmers, E.E. Smith High (Cumberland County Schools);
  • Piedmont-Triad: Wayne Duggins, South Stokes High (Stokes County Schools);
  • Southwest: Maureen Furr, South Mecklenburg High (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools);
  • Northwest: Kelly Nicholson, Oxford Elementary (Catawba County Schools); and
  • Western: Peggy Marshall, Sugarloaf Elementary (Henderson County Schools).

For the next year, the Principal of the Year will serve as an advisor to the State Board of Education and NC Public School Forum Board of Directors, and as a member of the State Superintendent’s Principals’ Advisory Committee. He or she will receive $3,000 for personal use and $3,000 for his or her school. They also will receive professional development and resources supporting global awareness from Education First Tours, and a custom-made NC Principal of the Year signet ring and pendant from Jostens, Inc.   

This is the 33rd year the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and The Wells Fargo Foundation have partnered to recognize the state’s top principal. Since the program began in 1984, 36 Principals of the Year and 240 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.