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NEWS RELEASES 2001-02 :: MARCH 14, 2002


Although they work in public schools in different regions of the state, six principals have demonstrated that they have two important qualities in common: exceptional instructional leadership and a passion for learning. In recognition of these exemplary qualities, Wachovia Corporation honored them as regional 2002 Principals of the Year.

Receiving the award were:

  • Northwest Region: William Collins, Meadowbrook School, Stokes County Schools
  • Western Region: Ron Rudd, Rosman High, Transylvania County Schools
  • Southwest Region: Lloyd Wimberley, Myers Park High, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Central Region: Eunice Sanders, Rogers-Herr Middle, Durham Public Schools
  • Southeast Region: Tina Miller, Rockfish Elementary, Cumberland County Schools
  • Northeast Region: Mary Nixon, White Oak Elementary, Edenton-Chowan Schools

"Principals who are proven instructional leaders and demonstrate a passion for learning provide a school environment that inspires high student achievement," State Superintendent Mike Ward said. "I appreciate Wachovia's continued sponsorship of this award, which enables us to recognize the very best in principals."

This is the 20th anniversary of the Principal of the Year program. Co-sponsored by Wachovia and the Public Schools of North Carolina, the annual awards program is designed to recognize excellence among North Carolina's public school principals. The regional winners will vie for the statewide Principal of the Year award, which will be announced in Raleigh on May 2. The winner will succeed the 2001 Principal of the Year Peggy Smith, principal of East Clayton Elementary School in Johnston County.

For more information, please contact Janis Dellinger-Holton, Center for Teacher Recruitment and Retention, NC DPI, 919.807.3360.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 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.