alumni awards

Jun 24, 2020

Passion for Science, Students Leads Ashley Bailey ‘00 to be Honored as 2020 North Carolina Charter School Teacher of the Year

Ashley Bailey ‘00 is the 2020 North Carolina Charter School Teacher of the Year. As a biology teacher at Roxboro Community School, she shares her love of science with her students, who grow to love the subject, too.

Jun 17, 2020

Johnston County Public Schools Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year Sarah Bowman ‘19: ‘My Goal is to be the Teacher I Needed as a Student for My Students’

When COVID-19 forced schools to move to online instruction and remote learning, Johnston County Public Schools Outstanding First Year Teacher Sarah Bowman ‘19 was prepared. She drew from her experiences in the NC State College of Education.

Jun 16, 2020

Pursuing Success Through Education: Erica Shoulders-Royster ‘12MSA Named Franklin County Schools Principal of the Year

Franklin County Early College High School principal Erica Shoulders-Royster ‘12MSA has achieved a number of firsts throughout her life, and her commitment to educational success has led her to be recognized as Franklin County Schools’ 2019-2020 Principal of the Year.

Jun 3, 2020

Halifax County Principal of the Year Teicher L. Patterson ‘13MSA: ‘In Order to Change a School and Community, the Leadership Must be Visible and Active in Community Functions, Meetings, Celebrations and Even in Times of Struggle and Hardship’

As principal of Enfield Middle STEAM Academy, Teicher L. Patterson ‘13MSA has a passion for rural education and a commitment to helping students succeed, which led to him being named the 2019-20 Halifax County Public Schools Principal of the Year.

May 21, 2020

Wake County’s Diane Kent-Parker First-Year Teacher of the Year Brianna Barbour ‘19 Recognized for Instilling Students With Sense of Purpose

The speech, by Latin American civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, was long, about 12 pages. Brianna Barbour ‘19 knew it was a lot for her Apex Friendship Middle School students, but the subject matter was important. So, she split her […]

May 21, 2020

Mike Casey ‘18MSA Named Pitt County Schools 2019-2020 Assistant Principal of the Year

G.R. Whitfield School Assistant Principal Mike Casey ‘18MSA has a lifelong love of learning. It’s what led him to earn his Master of School Administration from the NC State College of Education through the Northeast Leadership Academy and what led him to become Pitt County Schools 2019-2020 Assistant Principal of the Year.

May 21, 2020

Edgecombe County Principal of the Year Lauren Lampron ‘14MSA, ‘19EDD: ‘I Hope My Work Serves as a Catalyst to Allow Education to Become an Equalizer in Our Society’

When Lauren Lampron ‘14MSA, ‘19EDD joined Teach for America in 2010, she had no idea that a decade later she would be leading W.A. Pattillo Middle School and would be named the 2019-20 Edgecombe County Public Schools Principal of the Year.

Apr 23, 2020

NC State College of Education Award-Winning Alumni Share Tips for Virtual Teaching, Online Instruction

As the coronavirus (COVID 19) outbreak pushes education online, educators across the country are having to adapt to online instruction. A few of our alumni who have national, state and district-wide awards for their work in K-12 schools share how they are adjusting and offer their tips and advice for successful remote learning.

Apr 14, 2020

NCSCA School Counseling Director of the Year Crystal Reardon ‘11MSA: ‘I Can’t Imagine a More Fulfilling or Gratifying Career than the One I Get to Experience Each Day’

For 25 years Crystal Reardon ‘11MSA has been a professional educator. And for the past nine years, she has served as the Director of Counseling for the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS). She was named the 2019-20 North Carolina School Counselor Association (NCSCA) School Counseling Director of the Year.

Apr 13, 2020

Wake County’s Diane Kent-Parker First-Year Teacher of the Year Rachel Giddings ‘19: ‘When You See a Light Bulb Go Off for a Student, a Fire is Ignited to Continue Doing What You do Best’

Rachel Giddings ‘19 always admired how passionate her mom, a pre-K special education teacher, was about her job, which inspired her to pursue a career in elementary education. She is now a first grade teacher at Forestville Road Elementary School. And one of the Wake County Public School System’s 2019-20 Diane Kent-Parker First-Year Teacher of the Year award winners.