Principal & AP of the Year Finalists

WCPS Announces Principals & Assistant Principals of the Year Finalists
This is the image for the news article titled WCPS Announces Principals & Assistant Principals of the Year FinalistsThe Wayne County Public Schools (WCPS) Human Resources Department and the Wayne County Principals and Assistant Principals Association (WCPAPA) are excited to announce the finalists for the district’s annual Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year programs:
 2018-19 Assistant Principal of the Year Finalists
 Bill Joyner
Grantham Elementary
Kenneth Sumler
Goldsboro High
Andrew Mitchell
Charles B. Aycock High

 2018-19 Principal of the Year Finalists
Lori Goodman
Carver Elementary
Dr. Theresa Cox
Dillard Middle
  Dr. Earl Moore
Charles B. Aycock High

As part of the district POY and APOY programs, a selection committee interviewed each candidate, and narrowed the field to three finalists. The winners will be announced at the WCPS Teacher, Assistant Principal, & Principal of the Year Banquet, to be held at Walnut Creek Country Club on May 3 at 5:30 PM

“This is the first year the Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year awards program will be held in conjunction with the Teacher of the Year of the Banquet,” states Dr. Yvette Smith Mason, WCPS Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Professional Development. “We are excited to honor and recognize the top administrators and teachers in our schools during one special evening, and wish all of the finalists the very best in the next round of these programs.”

Bios:

APOY Finalist – Bill Joyner
Mr. Joyner began his education career in 1990 as a math teacher in Greene County. He joined WCPS in 1992 as a teacher at Grantham School. Mr. Joyner transitioned to school administration in 2015 as the elementary curriculum specialist (and later named assistant principal) at Grantham Elementary. Mr. Joyner is national board certified. He holds a bachelor’s degree in math education and a master’s degree in school administration.

APOY Finalist – Kenneth Sumler
After serving 20 years (9 years enlisted and 11 years as a commissioned officer) in the United States Air Force, Major Kenneth E. Sumler retired from active duty service in 2012 and began his education career as an Air Force JROTC instructor at South Johnston High School in Johnston County. In 2014, he transitioned to school administration as the assistant principal of Smithfield Selma High. He joined WCPS in 2016 as an assistant principal at Goldsboro High. Mr. Sumler holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary social science, a master’s degree in aeronautical science, and a masters in school administration add-on principal certification.

APOY High Finalist – Andrew Mitchell
Mr. Mitchell began his education career in 2005 as a social studies teacher at Southern Wayne High. Mr. Mitchell transitioned to school administration in 2014 as the assistant principal at Charles B. Aycock High. Mr. Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies education and a master’s degree in school administration.

POY Finalist – Lori Goodman
Mrs. Goodman began her education career in 1997 as an elementary teacher at Grantham School. Since her transition to school administration in 2006, she has worked as a curriculum facilitator at Grantham School, an assistant principal at Dillard Middle, and an assistant principal at Goldsboro High. In 2011, she was named principal at Carver Elementary. Mrs. Goodman holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in school administration.

POY Finalist – Dr. Theresa Cox
Dr. Cox began her education career in 1994 as a middle school language arts and social studies teacher in Pitt County. In 1997, Dr. Cox joined WCPS as a teacher at Spring Creek School. Since her transition to school administration in 2001, she has worked as an assistant principal at Northwest Elementary and Dillard Middle. Prior to being named principal of Dillard Middle in 2017, Dr. Cox served as principal of Belfast Academy and Northwest Elementary. Dr. Cox holds a bachelors degree in English, master’s degree in school administration and a doctorate degree in educational leadership.

POY Finalist - Dr. Earl Moore
Dr. Moore began his education career in 1977 as a Marketing and Fashion Merchandising Teacher at Charles B. Aycock High. Since his transition to school administration in 2000, Dr. Moore has worked as an assistant principal at Charles B. Aycock High and Meadow Lane Elementary. Prior to being named principal of Charles B. Aycock High in 2007, Dr. Moore served as principal at Brodgen Middle. Dr. Moore holds a bachelor’s degree in church ministry, a master’s degree in school administration, and doctorate degree in education.

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