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Celebrating the Power of Public Education
Celebrating the Power of Public Education
Posted on 02/06/2020
Congratulations to April Wright, Principal at Woodfin Elementary and Tonya Robinson, Principal at Enka High School. They’ve both been nominated for the Marvin R. Pittman Champions for Education Award.BCS Communications

Congratulations to April Wright, Principal at Woodfin Elementary, and Tonya Robinson, Principal at Enka High School. They’ve both been nominated for the Marvin R. Pittman Champions for Education Award. The N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) recognizes educators each year for their extraordinary commitment to student success. Ms. Robinson and Ms. Wright agree that it’s an honor to just be nominated.

Ms. Robinson has been principal at Enka High School for five years and an educator for 30 years.

“It is truly an honor to be nominated for the Marvin R. Pittman Champion for Education Award,” she said. “I am humbled that I am seen as a champion for education, because I truly feel as if I have devoted my entire life to education. For me, education, as a profession, is a high calling that I have enjoyed being a part of from every angle – student, teacher, and administrator.”

Ms. Wright has been principal at Woodfin for four years and has been an educator for 14 years.

“This job is not just a job,” she said. “It’s not just a career. It’s part of who we are. It’s validating for me for someone to recognize the dedication. I feel honored. I would hope that all of my colleagues who are so dedicated would get to have this same feeling as well. We are all in this together. They are all of our children, and we are working together to serve them.”

According to NCDPI, “the purpose of the Champion Award is to share our collective belief in the power of public education and to celebrate everything that is right about our local schools and the people who make it so.”

The awards will be given on April 7 at the Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders Conference in Greensboro.



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