CCS Names Top Principal and Assistant Principal
Published by Angel Hoggard on October 15, 2019
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Fayetteville, N.C. – School and district leaders, along with the Board of Education and community supporters, gathered tonight at the 2020 Administrators Dinner to honor principals and assistant principals for their leadership and commitment to student success. As part of the celebration, Dr. Christine DiGaudio, principal of Ireland Drive Middle School, was announced as Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) 2020 Principal of the Year and Dr. Natasha Brown, an assistant principal at Lewis Chapel Middle School, was named the CCS 2020 Assistant Principal of the Year.

DiGaudio, a 21-year veteran educator, began her career as a middle school teacher in 1998 after graduating from SUNY Buffalo State College. She later obtained a master’s degree from Ashland University, an Education Specialist Degree from East Carolina University and a Doctor of Education Degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

With 13 years of administrative experience, DiGaudio has served as principal of Ireland Middle School since 2013. She leads by example with an open-door policy, encouraging an ongoing dialogue with staff and students. DiGaudio now moves on to compete against other local award recipients from the Region IV Sandhills/South Central Region of the state.

“Leaders cannot and should not be trusted or respected solely due to their position or title; leaders must earn trust and respect,” said DiGaudio. “These are earned when leaders employ the Golden Rule, are kind, respectful, visible and attentive, have actions that align with their words, and follow through on their promises. Each of these are acts of servant leadership.”

Brown has served as an assistant principal for six years. She began her career as an English-Language Arts teacher at Spring Lake Middle School after graduating from Fayetteville State University. She has since received a master’s degree from Fayetteville State University and an Education Specialist Degree as well as a Doctor of Education Degree from Liberty University.

With a passion for education, Brown develops professional learning communities with teachers to ensure students’ academic and emotional needs are being met and all students are given the same opportunities. “As an instructional leader, it is my responsibility to ensure that every student has the opportunity to engage in a quality educational experience,” said Brown. “In alignment with our district’s core values, I must ensure that as a school, we provide every student a fair opportunity for success.”

As the CCS’ Principal of the Year winner, DiGaudio received the following:
  • The Principal of the Year Award from the Cumberland County Board of Education;
  • A cash award, iPad mini and floral arrangement from CCS;
  • One unit of professional credit;
  • An engraved desk clock from Herff Jones;
  • A commemorative Principal of the Year ring from Jostens;
  • Two season tickets to the Fayetteville Marksmen Hockey games;
  • A weekend stay at the fabulous Embassy Suites Fayetteville Fort Bragg;
  • A $5,000 check for school use from Lafayette Ford Lincoln; and
  • A $1,000 check for personal use from Lafayette Ford Lincoln.
As the CCS’ Assistant Principal of the Year winner, Brown received the following:
  • The Assistant Principal of the Year Award from the Cumberland County Board of Education;
  • One unit of professional credit;
  • A cash award, iPad mini and floral arrangement from CCS;
  • Two season tickets to the Fayetteville Marksmen Hockey games; and
  • A $500 check for personal use from Olde Fayetteville Insurance.

The following Principal of the Year finalists were recognized at the event and received a cash award and an iPad from CCS, as well as one unit of professional credit:

  • Dr. Michele Cain from Cumberland Road Elementary
  • Christina Tucker from Ponderosa Elementary
  • Erica Fenner-McAdoo from Howard Hall Elementary
  • Stephanie Wall Rivers from Montclair Elementary
  • Shannon Booth from Cumberland Mills Elementary
  • Reggie Pinkney from Ramsey Street High

The following Assistant Principal of the Year finalists were recognized at the event and received a cash award from CCS and one unit of professional credit:

  • Kelly McKoy from Cumberland Road Elementary
  • Eric McLaurin from W.T. Brown Elementary
  • Ricky Tucker from John Griffin Middle
  • Niesha Witherspoon from Jack Britt High
  • Royvell Godbolt from Terry Sanford High
        

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