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A principal with students at a public school in North Carolina.

Jun 7, 2021

Education Week: How the Pandemic Is Already Changing Principal-Prep Programs

Lesley Wirt, Ph.D., the associate director of principal preparation in the NC State College of Education, discusses how the Master of School Administration is able to be diverse and affordable to participants.  

Jun 1, 2021

‘My Purpose in Life is To Help Others Achieve their Highest Potentials and the Education Field Allows Me to Do That Daily,’ Says Granville County Principal of the Year Courtney Currin ’12MSA

For Courtney Currin ’12MSA, being an educator has always been her life’s purpose. And it shows through her work as principal of Tar River Elementary School, where she was just named the 2020-2021 Granville County Public Schools’ Principal of the Year. 

Leo Nieves

Apr 26, 2021

Nash County Elementary School Assistant Principal of the Year Leo Nieves ‘18MSA: ‘It is My Goal to Help Make the Educational Experience for All Involved a Positive One’

As a first-year teacher, Leo Nieves ’18MSA was afraid to ask for help because he didn’t want to look like he didn’t know what he was doing. That was the biggest mistake he ever made. Now, as assistant principal at Benvenue Elementary School in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, he wants to help other teachers be successful. 

Megan Bain

Mar 31, 2021

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. 

Yolanda Wiggins

Mar 22, 2021

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. 

NC State College of Education Assoiate Professor Anna Egalite on the Wallace Foundation report she co-authored

Feb 18, 2021

Study Co-authored by Associate Professor Anna Egalite Finds Principals Have Significant, Broad Impacts on Student Outcomes

Research has shown that principals are second only to teachers when it comes to in-school factors that impact student success. Now, a new study co-authored by NC State College of Education Associate Professor Anna Egalite, Ph.D., shows that the impact of principals on student achievement is even stronger than previously thought. 

New wolf statue on central campus.

Jan 19, 2021

College of Education Invited to Join Educator Preparation Laboratory (EdPrepLab) Initiative to Strengthen Educator Preparation Across the U.S.

The NC State College of Education has been invited to join the Educator Preparation Laboratory (EdPrepLab), an initiative to strengthen educator preparation in the United States by building the collaborative capacity of preparation programs, school districts and policymakers. 

Erica Shoulders-Royster

Nov 25, 2020

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. 

NC State College of Education Assistant Professor Jenn Ayscue, Ph.D.

Nov 9, 2020

‘I Have Intentionally Changed My Way of Thinking:’ Course Taught by Assistant Professor Jenn Ayscue Helps Students Gain New Perspectives on Equity Issues

Is it OK for educators to say they are “colorblind” -- that they see everyone the same regardless of race -- or does doing so take away from students’ identity, culture and heritage and allow racism to perpetuate in schools? The question is one of many that graduate students in a course taught by Assistant Professor Jenn Ayscue, Ph.D., said helped to shape their perspective on equity issues in schools. 

Jessica Richardson

Sep 2, 2020

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.