Wake County names principal of the year

Posted October 16, 2008 9:37 p.m. EDT
Updated October 17, 2008 9:47 a.m. EDT

— The Wake County Public School System named Matt Wight the Principal of the Year and Shejuanna Rodgers the Assistant Principal of the Year in ceremonies Thursday evening at Raleigh's Marbles Kids Museum.

Wight has been in education 24 years and has been principal at Apex High School for two years. Wight has also served as principal of Salem Middle, East Cary Middle and was a principal, assistant principal and teacher in the New Hanover County schools.

At Apex High, Wight has brought attention to working together to obtain student academic success.

“To begin transforming the culture at Apex High, I made a conscious effort to communicate my vision of instructional leadership at every opportunity,” Wight said.

Principal of the Year finalists include James Sposato of Powell Elementary; Rod Stanton of Cary Elementary; Savon Willard of Salem Elementary and Dalphine Perry of Zebulon Middle.

Rodgers has been in education for 14 years and has been assistant principal at Apex Middle School for four years. Rodgers has also served as an administrator with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and a teacher at Rolesville Elementary. She was also a teacher at a Green County middle school.

Rodgers says the development of professional learning communities has helped in the re-imagining of her school.

“The steps taken to achieve our goals have been strategic and deliberate, as we gained teacher buy-in through the practice of collaboration and by clarifying the shifts we need to make as we implement this philosophical change,” Rodgers said.

Assistant Principal of the Year finalists include Edna Faye Jones of Forest Pines Elementary, Kathy Godfrey of Harris Creek Elementary, Lisa Cruz of Brier Creek Elementary and Teri Whyte Scott of East Wake High School of Engineering Systems.