Wake County Schools

A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet School principal honored by WCPSS

Posted October 5

The Wake County Public School System on Wednesday named A.B Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School Principal Muriel Summers as the 2016-2017 Principal of the Year.
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— The Wake County Public School System on Wednesday named A.B Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School Principal Muriel Summers as the 2016-2017 Principal of the Year.

District officials said Summers has been principal of Combs Magnet Elementary for 19 years and was integral to its creation as the nation’s first leadership magnet school.

The school was twice named the top magnet school in the nation by Magnet Schools of America and Summers has previously received the William B. Friday Medal of Honor, one of the highest honors bestowed upon a North Carolina educator.

“Students will leave our school with the skills and motivation to know that only their personal best is good enough for true leaders. Complacency will not be an option for our children,” said Summers. “Caring for others, embracing diversity, responsibility, respect, kindness, compassion, integrity and honoring citizenship will be second nature.”

Prior to her appointment as principal at Combs Magnet Elementary in 1997, Summers was the assistant principal at Wilburn Elementary and a teacher at Bugg Magnet Elementary. She has been with the Wake County Public School System since 1992.

As Principal of the Year, Summers received a $1,000 check, a 39” flat screen TV, and iPad, a $100 Angus Barn gift card and an HP printer. The school also received a $500 check.

Mary Taylor of Brooks Museums Magnet Elementary School was honored as the Assistant Principal of the Year.

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