Durham names 'Principal of the Year'

Posted November 8, 2010

— Durham Public Schools named City of Medicine Academy's Elizabeth Shearer the school district's "Principal of the Year" on Monday.

She received $1,000, a plaque and a gift card to a local restaurant and will represent the district in the North Carolina Wachovia Principal of the Year competition.

Shearer has worked in Durham Public Schools since 1993 and has been principal of CMA since 2008. She served as principal of Lakewood Elementary from 2005-08.

Shearer also worked as a program administrator at Hillside High School from 2002-05 and was principal at E.K. Powe Elementary from 1996-2002. In addition, she was an assistant principal at Holt Elementary from 1993-96.

She is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership and holds a bachelor of art in English and philosophy from the University of York and a certificate of education from Westminster College in Oxford, England.

She also earned a master’s degree in special education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an administrative certification from North Carolina Central University.

The DPS Principal of the Year was chosen by a committee of former principals of the year and administrators. Shearer will go on to compete in the regional competition, and then six regional winners will advance to the final level. One principal will be chosen as the winner of the North Carolina Wachovia Principal of the Year.


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  • fifa1228 Nov 10, 2010

    first of all, for those who do not know Mrs. Shearer she is an excellent principal. Not ALL students are interested in medicine here. CMA use to be a part of Southern High School so the transition from Southern to a school standing on its own was a big challenge for her and the students. I appreciate everything she has done for me and my fellow classmates. Out of all the schools I have ever me its been more than 10 schools.. In different states... I have NEVER meet a principal that shows as much concern towards the students, like she has had with us. She is pro active and is never willing to give up on us. I want to thank her because she always believed in the class of 2011!!!!!!!!!!!
    Proud to be a SENIOR this year!

  • livingsinister Nov 9, 2010

    Is there a hater in the house? First of all, compared to all the principals of DPS of NC, I think that Mrs. Shearer deserves the award due to her hard working nature. If you could only see the students that they have in the school, you'd learn why she was chosen. Most principals give up on their schools and they don't even try anymore. Although they have 2000 students it doesn't mean that it makes her job any easier. She really cares about her own students and she uses money from her her own pocket to help them. Even if she did get on my nerves from time to time, she is the best principal all the same. -C.K.S.M.

  • mrduffin Nov 8, 2010

    I have known and worked with Ms Shearer since she started with DPS. She has always not been treated with the respect she deserved so I am happy she has finally been recognized for the good, hard work she has put in all of these years.

  • stthomp67 Nov 8, 2010

    They must have not looked at all the schools.

  • Mugu Nov 8, 2010

    Durham's principal of the year? That is no better than McDonald's employee of the month.

  • monkeyboy Nov 8, 2010

    way to censor me, wral. keep up the good work.

  • gingerlynn Nov 8, 2010

    Nothing against Ms. Shearer, but she is the principal of a magnet high school of 215 students all interested in medicine. Surely she does not have the challenges met by principals at 2000 student high schools or 1200 student middle schools with a wide mix of kids. I personally vote for Emmitt Tilley and the wonderful job he has done at Githens Middle School. It is a large middle school with many ESL and free and reduced lunch kids. He holds the standards high for all of them and wants each child to succeed! Thank you Mr. Tilley

  • ABM Nov 8, 2010

    Congrats, all the way from DC!! The District of Columbia, not Durham County.. LOL