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NEWS RELEASES 2007-08 :: SEPTEMBER 21, 2007

NCDPI Employees Receive Top Peer Recognition

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Employees Receive Top Peer Recognition

Nine NC Department of Public Instruction employees received performance awards recently in the Department's inaugural Employee Recognition Program. Nominations for outstanding performance and innovation were received from employees of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), the North Carolina State Board of Education, Regional Education Services Alliances (RESAs), and employees of North Carolina's public and charter schools. Three awards were given: the State Superintendent's Award, the individual employee Performance Excellence Award and the Team Excellence Award.

A cross-functional team of NCDPI employees reviewed the nominations and selected the recipients based on how well they exceed expectations; are innovative, entrepreneurial, creative problem-solvers; impact education in North Carolina; motivate others to reach their highest potential and demonstrate a strong dedication to excellence.

The inaugural recipients of these awards are: Agnes Wong, workstation integrator for NCDPI's information technology (IT) operations support unit, received the State Superintendent's Award for her exemplary dedication to excellence, to workplace innovations, and to adhering to the highest standards of integrity. Agnes, a four-year NCDPI veteran, graduated from Wake Technical Community College with a degree in information systems. This is Agnes's first professional position after receiving her degree. "I just couldn't believe that I was so blessed to be nominated," said Wong. "I never imagined that this would ever happen to me—it's still like a dream."

Faye Atkinson, an IT support analyst for NCDPI's accountability services management team, received the first Performance Excellence Award. Faye's well-earned reputation as honest, sincere, and considerate; the extraordinarily high quality of her work; her acumen as a solution-finder and for embracing innovation/21st century technology garnered her this recognition. "In short, she's a co-worker known for producing," says Jack Stone, director of NCDPI's human resources division. Atkinson notes of her 23 years with NCDPI, "I've been around so long I know a lot of our employees, and I thought I'd be congratulating someone else for receiving this award." When Stone announced her name as recipient, Atkinson "was in total shock," she admitted. "What a great, great honor."

Seven members of NCDPI's transportation services section (school support division) received the Team Excellence Award. Honored were administrative assistant Jean Strickland; computer consultant Kevin Harrison; and transportation consultants Charles Ball, Steve Beachum, James Hawkins, Randy Henson, and Craig Warren for their extraordinary work developing specifications for, coordinating the financed purchase of, and performing individual inspections on 1,360 new school buses slated for delivery to over 100 of North Carolina's 115 school systems. The transportation services team accomplished this before the beginning of the 2007-08 school year. Director of school support services Ben Matthews says of this group, "The state of North Carolina is fortunate to have professionals like these who truly care about the safe and secure transportation of our children."

For more information about these awards or about Public Schools of North Carolina, please contact the NCDPI 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 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.