Nash County High School Assistant Principal of the Year Megan Bain ‘18MSA: ‘I Am Passionate About Supporting Teachers and Helping Students Pursue Their Own Pathway to Personal Success, Happiness and Productive Citizenship’
For Megan Bain ‘18MSA, education was not her intended career. She sort of fell into it. After earning her bachelor’s degree in international studies and Arabic, Bain joined Teach for America after witnessing the experience of one of her best friends in the program. Today, she is the 2020-21 Nash County High School Assistant Principal of the Year.
Nash County Elementary School Principal of the Year Yolanda Wiggins ‘12MSA: ‘I Never Saw Myself as an Educator. Others Saw it in Me and Encouraged Me to Take My Love of Literacy into the Classroom to Inspire Students’
Yolanda Wiggins ‘12MSA worked as a news reporter in Halifax County for five years. During that time, she was encouraged by the Halifax County Schools’ superintendent to try teaching. She went through North Carolina’s lateral entry/residency license program and became a middle school English teacher, which was the start of her 23-year long education career.
EdNC: A Qualified, Well-prepared Principal in Every School
A new study commissioned by the Wallace Foundation and co-authored by NC State College of Education Associate Professor Anna Eglite, Ph.D., highlights the importance of effective principals. Programs like the College of Education's Northeast Leadership Academy (NELA) are helping to prepare high-quality principals to fill those roles.
Meet Erica Shoulders-Royster ‘12MSA, ‘20EDD: ‘I am Determined to Continue the Fight to Ensure Educational Equity for All’
Franklin County Schools’ 2019-2020 Principal of the Year Principal Erica Shoulders-Royster ‘12MSA, ‘20EDD has already achieved a number of firsts in her life. She is a first-generation college graduate, and she was part of the first Northeast Leadership Academy cohort. Now, she will be the first person in her family to earn a doctoral degree.
Nash County Teacher of the Year Jessica Richardson ‘15, ‘22MSA: ‘No Other Institute Will Prepare You for Having a Depth of Content Knowledge, Classroom Management and Instruction. At NC State, You are Truly Part of a Family’
Through her experiences at NC State, Jessica Richardson ‘15, ‘22MSA recognized the importance of community. And her commitment to providing a safe, inclusive community for her students at Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School is one of the reasons she was named the 2020-21 Nash County Teacher of the Year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EdNC: What’s Happened With Principals in the Last 5 Years
The NC State College of Education's Northeast Leadership Academy (NELA) was cited in a recent report as North Carolina's only standout principal preparation program.