Principal & AP of the Year Finalists

WCPS Announces Principals & Assistant Principals of the Year Finalists
This is the image for the news article titled WCPS Announces Principals & Assistant Principals of the Year FinalistsThe Wayne County Public Schools (WCPS) Human Resources Department and the Wayne County Principals and Assistant Principals Association (WCPAPA) are excited to announce the finalists for the district’s annual Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year programs:
 2017-18 Assistant Principal of the Year Finalists
 Maguy Yancey
Carver Elementary
Jamel Jones
Dillard Middle
 Jesse Taylor
Spring Creek High

 2017-18 Principal of the Year Finalists
Youlonda Wynn
Brogden Primary
Tasha Christian Adams 
Edgewood Community
Developmental School
  Dr. Earl Moore
Charles B. Aycock High

The district-level 2017-18 Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year programs are utilizing new selection processes, modeled after the Teacher of the Year program, to highlight the top principals and assistant principals in the district. Essentially, the finalists were determined by the WCPAPA members. Each finalist will now be required to submit a professional portfolio, and be interviewed by a selection committee. The WCPS Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year will be selected from each set of finalists and announced at a special reception to be held in the auditorium of the district’s Professional Development & Family Engagement Center [located on the campus of the School Street Early Learning Center] on September 13 at 5:30 PM.

“This year, the Human Resources Department partnered with WCPAPA to more formalize the selection processes and help make them more consistent with other district recognition programs,” states Dr. Yvette Smith Mason, WCPS Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. “We are excited to be able to join WCPAPA in honoring and recognizing these outstanding school administrators. We wish all of the finalists the very best in the next round of these programs.”

Bios:

APOY Elementary Finalist - Maguy Yancey
Mrs. Yancey began her education career in 1996 as a world language teacher, where she taught in the following countries: Paris, France (Spanish teacher); Madrid, Spain (French teacher); and Beijing China (French teacher). In 2000, Mrs. Yancey came to the United States to be a French, Spanish and EL (English Learner) teacher at Goldsboro High. She taught at Goldsboro High for 14 years. During this time, she taught French and Spanish, and served as a world language instructional leader for seven years with the North Carolina Virtual Public Schools. In 2014, Mrs. Yancey transitioned to school administration as the assistant principal for Carver Elementary. Mrs. Yancey holds a master’s degree in foreign languages. She also holds K-12 and superintendent certifications in school administration.

APOY Middle Finalist - Jamel Jones
Mr. Jones began his education career in 2007 as an Exceptional Children (EC) shadow/teacher assistant at Meadow Lane Elementary. In 2009, Mr. Jones transitioned to the head of the class as an EC teacher with Greene County Schools. The following year, Mr. Jones returned to WCPS as an EC teacher with Charles B. Aycock High. In 2013, Mr. Jones transitioned to school administration as the assistant principal of Dillard Middle. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and a master’s degree in school administration. Mr. Jones also holds certifications in middle school math and K-12 EC general curriculum.

APOY High Finalist - Jesse Taylor
Mr. Taylor began his education career in 1970 as an industrial arts teacher at Chesterfield Intermediate School in Chesterfield, Virginia. He later taught at Thompson Middle School in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Taylor transitioned to school administration in 1977, where he served at the following schools in Virginia: Nottoway Senior High, King George Elementary, Hammond Junior High, Caroline High, and Lady Smith Elementary. In 1992, Mr. Taylor was named administrative assistant to the superintendent of Caroline County Schools, and the following year was named principal of Nelson Middle. In 1997, Mr. Taylor left Virginia and joined WCPS, where he has served at the following schools: Goldsboro Middle, Eastern Wayne Middle, Charles B. Aycock High, and most recently Spring Creek High. Mr. Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts education, a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision, and a doctorate in ministry with a concentration in pastoral leadership.

POY Elementary Finalist - Youlonda Wynn
Mrs. Wynn is a Wayne County native, but began her education career in 1997 at E.K. Poe Elementary in Durham, North Carolina, as a fifth grade teacher. In 1998, she returned home to Wayne County, where she served as a second grade teacher at North Drive Elementary. She later worked as a teacher at Northeast Elementary and then in 2006 transitioned to school administration as an assistant principal at Grantham School. She was named principal of Brogden Primary in 2010. Mrs. Wynn was both a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and North Carolina Principals Fellow. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in school administration.

POY Middle Finalist -Tasha Christian Adams
Mrs. Christian Adams is a Wayne County native, but began her education career in 1989 with Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools. Mrs. Christian Adams taught regular education (Grades 3-8) and special education students in grades K-12 for 12 years. Mrs. Christian Adams returned home to Wayne County in 2001, where she served as an EC Resource teacher (Grades 3-5) at Fremont Stars Elementary and Norwayne Middle School. In 2002, Mrs. Christian Adams transitioned to school administration as the assistant principal at Brogden Primary. The following year, she was named Interim principal of Edgewood Community Developmental School and later named Principal of the school on July 1, 2004. Mrs. Christian Adams holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, teaching credentials for K-12 mental disabilities, and a master’s degree in education administration and curriculum supervision.

POY High Finalist - Dr. Earl Moore
Dr. Moore began his education career in 1977 as a Marketing and Fashion Merchandising Teacher at Charles B. Aycock High. Dr. Moore transitioned to school administration as the assistant principal for Charles B. Aycock High. In 2002 he was named assistant principal of Meadow Lane Elementary. The following year Dr. Moore was name principal of Brodgen Middle, where he served for five years. In 2007, he returned to his Golden Falcon roots, as principal of Charles B. Aycock High. Dr. Moore holds a bachelor’s degree in church ministry, a master’s degree in school administration, and doctorate degree in education.
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