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Moments of hope from North Carolina’s regional Principals of the Year

October is National Principals Month. At the beginning of the school year, we spoke to several of North Carolina’s 2023 regional Principals of the Year to ask what is giving them hope this year.

Their answers are below. Thank you for the work you do for our students, schools, and communities.

John Lassiter, Hertford Grammar in Perquimans County Schools

Jessie Gravel, Walter R. Johnson Middle in Burke County Schools

Ashley Faulkenberry, Trent Park Elementary in Craven County Schools

Ruafika Cobb, Ira B. Jones Elementary in Asheville City Schools

Tonya Williams, Concord Middle in Cabarrus County Schools

T.J. Worrell, NE Academy for Aerospace and Advance Technologies in Elizabeth City


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