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Wake Schools Name Principal, Assistant Principal of the Year

Posted October 25, 2007
Updated October 26, 2007

— The Wake County Public Schools System named Cathy Moore of Sanderson High School the 2007 principal of the year and Deborah Edwards of Salem Elementary the 2007 assistant principal of the year Thursday.

Moore has been in education for 20 years and has been principal of Sanderson High for seven years. Prior to that, she was assistant principal at Enloe High and Apex High.

She was a foreign language teacher at Enloe High and taught at a high school in another North Carolina school district.

Moore finds many ways to connect the school to the community and provide student recognition, including senior prom and an "Alive at 25" program, officials said.

Sanderson High has earned national recognition for its annual Senior-Senior Prom at Capital Towers Retirement Center.

The school's National Honor Society seniors put on a Senior Prom at the retirement center, complete with prom attire, music, dancing and food. The "Alive at 25" program involved more than 75 parents, volunteers and law enforcement officers who helped to inform and educate teen drivers to the perils of the road and promote good decision-making.

This year’s principal of the year finalists included: David Ansbacher of East Millbrook Middle, Marcia Alford of Lacy Elementary, Jan Hargrove of Turner Creek Elementary and Sally Reynolds of Poe Elementary.

Edwards, the assistant principal of the year, has been in education 30 years and has been assistant principal at Salem Elementary since it opened seven years ago.

Prior to that, she was the physical education instructor at Reedy Creek Elementary. She was the athletics director at Peace College for four years. She was a physical education instructor and coach of women's athletics at Leesville High and Cary High.

This year’s assistant principal of the year finalists included: Kim Mitchell of Middle Creek Elementary, Teena Rembach of Dillard Drive Elementary, Ginger Wooten of Moore Square Middle and Kelly Aman of Millbrook.

As principal of the year, Moore received a $1,000 check and a digital camera. Edwards received a $500 check and a digital camera.

The 10 finalists received an acrylic award, a collapsible mobile cart and an Office Depot storage box full of office supplies the store donated.

Principals and assistant principals are nominated by their peers. Each finalist is required to submit a portfolio, receive a site visit and be interviewed by a panel of educators and community members.


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  • Go Georgia Tech Oct 26, 2007

    dont_preach- how is me sharing my thoughts on this story being evil? because you dont agree with them? Hey wake up and look around you- there are others on this planet and last I checked we all have our outlook on things. You dont have to agree with them- but we are all entitled to them. And for your info- the principal at my daughters school was never a teacher- his masters in education got him his current job.. so your assumptions are not always correct.

  • dont_preach Oct 26, 2007

    they were teachers before they were principals. seems that your the only one to send out negative comments gatechfan.dont matter if she teaching or being a principal the bottom line is she is malding these kids and pointing that school in a good direction. grow up and stop being so evil.

  • Go Georgia Tech Oct 26, 2007

    carolinahome- when is the last time a Principal or Vice Principal has taught our children? Heck if anything the teachers who have DAILY contact with our kids should be the ones being awarded. To me this is like given Warren Buffett an award when his people are the ones making him all his money..

  • BamaFan Oct 26, 2007

    Congratulations to the winner. I would also like to congratulate Jan Hargrove, from Turner Creek Elementary, for being nominated. She is a great principal who makes it a point to know all the students and parents. This is the second year in a row that she has been nominated. We are so lucky to have such a great principal.

  • rpdwife05 Oct 26, 2007

    I LOVE CATHY! Have known her for years... and she is a great person...and her family is wonderful. One thing I can say about her is she is a great principal...take no mess kinda woman! Congratulations... and well deserved.

  • lilwil Oct 26, 2007

    I wonder if this is the same Cathy Moore that went to N.C. Central University from (1980-1983)?

  • carolinahome Oct 26, 2007

    Gatechfan-this is news because they help our children! how dare you put a negative spin when there are teachers helping our kids of the future!

  • john283594 Oct 26, 2007

    God bless both of them and thank you for your service to society.

    Don't worry about the negitive comments as shown in the story on the drop out rates ealier this week, a lot of readers don't have a reverance for education. Sadly...

  • Gafan003 Oct 26, 2007

    Who knows

  • Go Georgia Tech Oct 26, 2007

    and why is this story in the news?? --- ohh I forgot- Wake County is so much more important than the other counties in WRALS region... my bad!