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The 2020 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year will be announced tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 28.

The state’s top principal is being selected from a field of eight regional finalists chosen earlier this year.

The regional principals of the year are:

  • West: Lori Fox, Haywood Early College (Haywood County Schools)
  • Northwest: Kisha Clemons, Shuford Elementary School (Newton-Conover City Schools)
  • Southwest: Jennifer Brinson, Wolf Meadow Elementary School (Cabarrus County Schools)
  • Piedmont: Ashley Lemley, Southwood Elementary (Davidson County Schools)
  • North Central: Ruth Steidinger, Olive Chapel Elementary (Wake County Schools)
  • Sandhills: Alfred Jean Hammond, Upchurch Elementary (Hoke County Schools)
  • Northeast: Sheila Evans, White Oak Elementary (Edenton-Chowan Schools)
  • Southeast: Deborah Hoffman, Jacksonville Commons Elementary (Onslow County Schools)

The event will be livestreamed on YouTube here. The announcement is expected to take place at 1:45pm.

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Mebane Rash

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