White named District Administrator of the Year
From staff reports
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Michelle White, principal of D.F. Walker Elementary School, has been named the 2017-18 Edenton-Chowan Schools Administrator of the Year.
The recognition is part of 2018 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year Program. Since 1984, Wells Fargo Bank has financially supported a program in collaboration with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to recognize outstanding principals from the North Carolina Public Schools. White will advance to regional Principal of the Year competition later this fall.
In 2015, D. F. Walker Elementary school was assigned a “D” performance grade along with 536 other North Carolina schools. “Undaunted, the students, staff and administration publicly declared that ‘D’ stood for “determined,” states a school district news release. “With an unquenchable desire to succeed, they became the only school in the state to exceed growth the past two years and rise from a ‘D’ to a ‘B.’”
During this past school year under the leadership of White, D.F. Walker Elementary School experienced the highest growth rate among the four schools, exceeding expected growth for the second year in a row and moving from a performance grade of C in 2016 to a performance grade of B, said Superintendent Rob Jackson. Students at the school increased their growth and percent proficient in every tested area with an overall growth rate of 88.8 percent.
White began her career in the Edenton-Chowan Schools as principal at White Oak Elementary School in August, 2012. She moved to D.F. Walker Elementary School as principal in July 2015. In prior years, White served as assistant principal at Perquimans High School and in an administrative position at Perquimans Central School.
White earned a master’s degree in school administration from Elizabeth City State University, a master’s degree in technology education from East Carolina University and a bachelor’s Degree in music education from East Carolina, along with several certifications.
Sharp Honored as Teacher of Excellence
Kelsey Sharp has been honored with the Teacher of Excellence Award for the Edenton-Chowan School System for 2017-2018. Sharp is an Exceptional Children’s teacher at White Oak Elementary School. Nominated by her fellow teachers, this award recognizes one teacher from each county in North Carolina. In addition, the honoree must deliver daily instruction or therapy, be recognized as a teacher leader within the school system they teach and deliver innovative instructional programs that demonstrate positive outcomes for students. Sharp will be recognized at the Exceptional Children’s Conference in Greensboro in November.