Lavette McMillan - 2018 Principal of the Year holding bouquet of flowersFayettevilleLavette 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:

  • Principal of the Year Award from the Cumberland County Board of Education;
  • Cash award and floral arrangement from the CCS;
  • Engraved desk clock from Herff Jones;
  • Commemorative Principal of the Year ring from Jostens;
  • $5,000 check for school use from Lafayette Ford Lincoln;
  • $1,000 check for personal use from Lafayette Ford Lincoln; and
  • $500 gift basket of local restaurants and vendors from Up & Coming Weekly and Kidsville News!

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.

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Published by Laurie Pender on October 4, 2017

        


Carrie Childers has been named the 2017 Gifted Coordinator award.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.


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Published by Laurie Pender on September 21, 2017

        


Leslie Seals , the Cumberland County Schools' 2018 Teacher of the Year is from Rockfish Elementary SchoolTeacher 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.
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Published by Laurie Pender on September 18, 2017

        


Dr. Joseph Locklear / Ricky Lopes Central Services Employee of the Year Award Nominees and Winner Anthony FairleyCCS’ Testing and Evaluation Assessment Clerk Anthony Fairley recently received this year’s Dr. Joseph Locklear/Ricky Lopes CCS’ Central Services Employee of the Year Award. The honor is presented to a member of Central Services who ‘stands out’ for providing outstanding customer service.


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Published by Laurie Pender on June 26, 2017

        


Shannon Prentice, CCS' Data Manager of the YearCongratulations to Shannon Prentice from Max Abbot Middle School!  She was recently named CCS’ Data Manager of the Year.

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Published by Laurie Pender on June 12, 2017

        


Champion for Children Honorees (l-r) Natalie Godwin, David Jackson, David Gilchrist, and Linda Buie recognized during the March 14 Board Meeting.Cumberland County Schools’ Champion of Children Award Recipients Making A Difference  –  Instructional Coach Natalie Godwin from Armstrong Elementary School, Safe Schools Coordinator David Jackson from Jack Britt High School,  Teacher David Gilchrist from New Century International Middle School, and Athletic Assistant Linda Buie from South View High School were recognized as educators who are making a difference in our schools every day. These four are the second group of CCS’ employees to receive the school system’s newly created Champion for Children Award.

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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on March 15, 2017

        


Image of Todd McCabe accepting award from Larell Higginbotham.Todd McCabe, Cumberland County Schools’ 2017 Teacher of the Year, was recently honored at Liberty Point Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) Annual Awards program held at Campground Methodist Church. He was selected as the Chapter’s Outstanding History Teacher of the Year and, currently, teaches at John Griffin Middle School. Larell Higginbotham, a NSDAR prospective member, presented Mr. McCabe with an engraved statue of an American Eagle with raised wings.

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 21, 2017

        


Image of the Cumberland County Schools' 2017 Spelling Bee Winner, Kendal WinKendal Win, seventh-grader at Pine Forest Middle School (PFMS) won the CCS Spelling Bee contest Friday, February 17, 2017. The winning word was “paparazzo.” Kendal will be the third PFMS student to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee after Xavier Barnes’ win in 2008 and Benjamin Palmer’s win in 2005.
 
Kendal competes in a number of academic clubs at PFMS, including Battle of the Books. She was in the library with her English Language Arts class on Friday when Principal Billy Starks came over the announcements to share her win with the school. The students in the library erupted with cheers for her. 
 
“Kendal is a wonderful student, ” says Mr. Starks, “and we are so proud of her. Our Raider family will be praying for safe travels for her and her family.”
 
The 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee will start on Sunday, May 28 and will end on Sunday, June 4, 2017.
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 21, 2017

        


Each year CCS selects one deserving elementary, middle and high school counselor for the School Counselor of the Year Award.  Principals and school counselors were asked to nominate a school counselor who they felt exemplified the role of the school counselor. 
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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on February 20, 2017

        


Image of 2017 Outstanding Educator Award Winners l-r Reames, Edwards, Anderson, Simmons and May - Feb 15 -2017Fayetteville – The Wells Fargo Outstanding Educator Award recognizes and helps foster excellence in education by presenting two teachers and one administrator in the Cumberland County Schools a $1,000 grant to implement a special educational project at their respective schools.

Greg Reames, Cape Fear Market President of Wells Fargo, presented this year’s awards and an engraved hand worked glass apple to the three educators during the Feb. 14 Cumberland County Board of Education meeting. The winners were as follows:
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 15, 2017

        


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