Fayetteville – Lavette C. McMillan, principal of New Century International Middle School, was announced today as the Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) 2018 Principal of the Year (POY). The announcement came during the school system’s 2018 Principal of the Year Luncheon.
McMillan now moves on to compete against other local award recipients from the Region IV Sandhills/South Central Region of the state. After the state selection process is completed, one principal will be selected as the 2018 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year.
The 15-year education veteran has served as a school administrator for 11 years and started her career in the field after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Hispanic Studies Education as a N.C. Teaching Fellow from East Carolina University in 2002. She later obtained a master’s degree in School Administration from Fayetteville State University (FSU).
McMillan has been the principal at New Century International Middle for two years but was the founding principal of Cumberland International Early College High School in 2011. In this time, the educational leader said that she has learned that it takes teamwork and ‘growing leaders’ to bring about positive student outcomes. “As principal, my greatest lesson learned is that I cannot do it all by myself. I must delegate responsibility to the leaders in my building… I articulate the vision clearly and effectively and then, provide opportunities for others to lead in the building… I have done this by creating leadership teams based on different needs of the school. These leadership teams are given responsibilities with guidance from me and are allowed to create and implement processes to complete the tasks. I have learned that teams have to feel that it is okay to fail and that they have my support. I continue to observe staff in my building and give them opportunities to use and strengthen their leadership skills. I feel it is my job to grow the leaders in my building.”
As the CCS’ Principal of the Year winner, McMillan received the following:
All seven POY nominees [Cindy Anderson (Stoney Point Elementary), Regina Blanding (J.W. Coon Elementary), Dr. Michele Cain (Cumberland Road Elementary), Lavette McMillan (New Century International Middle), V. Lee Spruill (Cape Fear High), Michael Tucker (Cliffdale Elementary), and Todd Yardis (Ed V. Baldwin Elementary)] received a mounted certificate/plaque from the Cumberland County Board of Education; a cash award, one unit of professional credit, and an iPad from the CCS; and a professional photograph from Lifetouch Photography.
The regional Wells Fargo Principals of the Year will be announced in January 2018 while the announcement of the 2018 North Carolina Wells Fargo Principal of the Year will be made during a state-wide awards event in the spring of 2018..........................................................................................................................................
Published by Laurie Pender on October 4, 2017
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) announced today that Carrie Childers has received a 2017 Gifted Coordinator Award. Ms. Childers is an Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Coordinator with Cumberland County (NC) Schools, and she was selected because of her continuing support of all gifted and talented students in her district.
NAGC will recognize Ms. Childers at the NAGC 64th Annual Convention(NAGC17) in Charlotte, NC, November 9-12, 2017.
Published by Laurie Pender on September 21, 2017
Students Will Receive a Free Device and Free Wireless Service In First Year of the Program
Fayetteville, NC – September 19, 2017 – Sprint (NYSE: S) and the Cumberland County School (CCS) system announced today that 1,180 local high school students will receive the equipment and connectivity they need to complete their schoolwork from home as part of the 1Million Project. The 2017-2018 school year marks the first year of the initiative with more 180,000 students in 1,300 schools across 30 states. Every year over the next five years, hundreds of thousands of high schoolers who lack internet access at home will join and benefit from the 1Million Project. The ambitious goal is to connect one million students in that time to help level the playing field and help eliminate ‘the homework gap.’
Published by Laurie Pender on September 20, 2017
Teacher from Rockfish Elementary School Takes the Title
Fayetteville – “When we create a real difference in a student academically, emotionally or behaviorally, I feel we have accomplished what is sometimes not recognized by others but is more valuable to the future of our communities and world than a test score,” said Cumberland County Schools’ 2018 Teacher of the Year (TOY) Leslie Seals, a 4th-grade teacher at Rockfish Elementary School.
The announcement of the 2018 Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Teacher of the Year was made during an annual dinner in the Cumberland County Crown Ballroom tonight. The presentation took place in front of 86 Teacher-of-the-Year candidates, their guests, school administrators, School Board members, and business partners.
Published by Laurie Pender on September 18, 2017