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Perspective | Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Interview with Elena Ashburn, principal of the year

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Tar Heel Teachers at Home is a weekly interview series focused on engaging North Carolinians in conversations about education. Each week, a panel of educators interview a guest(s).

In this episode, the Tar Heel Teachers chat with Elena Ashburn about her selection as the 2021 Wells Fargo NC Principal of the Year. She is the principal at Broughton High School in the Wake County Public School System. 

The panel:

  • Moderator: Marlow M. Artis, creator, chief content purveyor, and executive producer of Tar Heel Teachers. Twitter: @TarHeelTeachers
  • Elementary School Panelist: Cassandra Parsons, Exceptional Children & MTSS specialist with the Innovative School District. Twitter: @cparsonsec
  • Middle School Panelist: Amy Tart, fifth grade teacher with Clay County Schools. Twitter: @Cards4Scholars
  • High School Panelist: Mika Twietmeyer, biology teacher with Durham Public Schools. Twitter: @MikaJHunter
  • Support Personnel Panelist: Aritia Smalls, elementary AIG program specialist with Cumberland County Schools. Twitter: @SmallsAritia


  • Dr. Elena Ashburn, 2021 Wells Fargo NC Principal of the Year. Twitter: @NBroughtonHS
Marlow Artis

Marlow Artis is the Creator and Chief Content Purveyor for Tar Heel Teachers, which encompasses a website, an educational panel talk show, a videocast: Tar Heel Teachers at Home, and an educational travel series: Tar Heel Teachers on the Road. In addition to moderating and executive producing these media platforms, he happily served for five years as a sixth grade English/Language Arts teacher.