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Durham Woman Named NCAE Principal Of Year

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DURHAM, N.C. — Gretta Dula, principal of Creekside Elementary School in Durham, is being recognized by her students at 2 p.m. Friday in Creekside's gym.

Dula's students are celebrating her award as the 2005 NCAE Principal of the Year. As part of the celebration, Durham Mayor Bill Bell has signed a proclamation declaring May 20 as Gretta Dula Day.

Creekside Elementary is Durham's newest public school, opening in January 2005. A "school-within-the-school" concept was implemented at both Parkwood and Forest View schools to ease the transition of those students to Creekside. The efforts and talents of Dula and Assistant Principal Janice Croasman made this system work for the students, the teachers, and the parents, the school system said.

The NCAE Principal of the Year Award is given annually by the Principals/Administrators Division of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE).

"My desire is for students to wake up in the morning with an excitement about coming to school," Dula said. "My charge is making sure that they are leaving the buses and cars enthusiastic about coming to school. There is no occupation better than being an elementary school principal."

Students will present scrapbooks chronicling the journey of the new school thus far.

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