RALEIGH, N.C. — 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.