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Dr. Carrie Tulbert, 2014 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year
Dr. Carrie Tulbert, North Carolina Principal of the Year

The state has selected eight public school principals as regional Wells Fargo North Carolina Principals of the Year. 

“Congratulations to our eight regional recipients who exemplify the outstanding instructional leaders in schools across the state. Our students graduate career and college ready because of their relentless dedication,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “We appreciate The Wells Fargo Foundation for its faithful sponsorship of this program that enables us to recognize exemplary public school leaders.”

The winners are: 

Region I: Steve Lassiter, Pactolus Elementary (Pitt County Schools);
Region II: Robin Hamilton, Parsley Elementary (New Hanover County Schools);
Region III: Tonya Williams, Sherwood Githens Middle (Durham Public Schools);
Region IV: Kim Robertson, Elizabeth Cashwell Elementary (Cumberland County Schools);
Region V: Christopher Poston, Pittsboro Elementary (Chatham County Schools);
Region VI: Adam Auerbach, Wolf Meadow Elementary (Carbarrus County Schools);
Region VII: Shane Mace, East Burke Middle (Burke County Schools); and
Region VIII: Scott Rhodes, East Henderson High (Henderson County Schools).

These eight will compete to become the 2015 Wells Fargo North Principal of the Year, an honor currently held by Carrie Tulbert, principal of Mooresville Middle in the Mooresville Graded School District

Now, a state selection committee will review portfolios of the winners and conduct interviews before announcing the winner on May 1. 

The Principal of the  Year gets $3,000 for personal use and professional development, and an additional $3,000 for his or her school for materials or equipment. He or she also serves for one year as an advisor to the State Board of Education. Every regional winner gets $1,000 for personal use and $1,000 for their schools. 

— Information compiled from press release

Alex Granados

Alex Granados is senior reporter for EducationNC.