Perquimans Central's Fields named region's top principal


D.F. Walker Principal Michelle White, principal of the year for Region 1 in 2018, (right) talks with Perquimans Central School Principal Melissa Fields at Central on Friday. Fields was named the 2019 Region 1 Principal of the Year on Friday.


By Peter Williams
Perquimans Weekly

Saturday, January 12, 2019

HERTFORD — For the second time in three years, Perquimans County can claim having the Region 1 principal of the year.

Melissa Fields, principal at Perquimans Central, learned Friday that she is this year’s regional winner. Region 1 is made up of 14 school districts and each submitted a nominee for the award.

At a school assembly on Friday, Fields told Perquimans Central students that they were the reason she and the school had been honored with the recognition. 

“You’re the reason for what we do. This award is about you,” she said.

Referring to the school’s mascot, she said “I love my little turtles.”

Central serves students in grades pre-K through second grade.

Fields has worked for the Perquimans schools for the past 26 years. She started at Central working as a fourth-grade teacher in 1993, working with special needs students, a post she held until 1997.

Fields became the school’s media coordinator from 1997-2009, then went to Perquimans County Middle School, where she served as assistant principal from 2009-11.

She returned to Central as principal in 2011, where she stayed until 2015 when she was tapped to take over as principal at Perquimans County High School. While she was there, the high school earned its first “B” grade on state accountability testing.

Fields returned as principal at Central in 2017.

There are eight regional principals of the year. Last year’s Region 1 winner was Edenton’s D.F. Walker Principal Michelle White. White started her career working under Fields in Perquimans. She was on hand Friday to congratulate Fields for her honor.

Also on hand was the state Principal of the Year, Tabari Wallace from West Craven High School.

The regional winner two years ago, Jason Griffin at Hertford Grammar School, went on to win the N.C. Principal of the Year award.