Principal Fellows Achievements
Principal Fellows are constantly going the extra mile in their coursework and in their internships. Equipped with advanced academic and leadership experience, Fellows bring to their coursework and internships skills that set them apart from traditional MSA students. Below are just a few of the accomplishments of Principal Fellows.
** Principal Fellows are asked to email the Director with accomplishments at:firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a picture if available.
Kendra Brown (Class 15)
Kendra Brown participated as a Principal Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was recently admitted into their Doctor of Educational Leadership program.
Cherie Chandler (Class 14)
Cherie Chandler, a recent Principal Fellow graduate from North Carolina State University, has written a book about the unique experience of women as they develop throughout the years. Information about her book, I Am Beautiful, can be found by clicking here.
Fred C. Cook III (Class 10)
Fayetteville State University
Bladen County Schools
Assistant Principal, Elizabethtown Middle School
The indescribably rigorous and extremely relevant material and assignments I was exposed to as a Principal Fellow uniquely prepared and filled with an immense level of confidence, pride and organizational skills. The cohort situation provided exposure to many great minds. The standard of excellence established within the cohort created a degree of passion for complete and total professionalism that has been rewarding and quite beneficial. In addition to being exposed to experienced, well-trained, creative, challenging, inspirational and supportive professors, the high level of expectation instilled in our minds by the university served to fuel our desire to be the very best we could be as representatives of the university, the MSA program, and the Principal Fellows Program. Without a doubt, the information gained from my instructors and my cohort has me prepared for any challenge that a school or a school system could ever throw at me. I find myself incredibly energized and capable of being student-oriented, supportive of my co-workers, compassionate, and understanding of parents, as well as very patient. Additionally, the cohort situation experienced in the Principal Fellows Program was actually good preparation for the challenges I will face in an Ed.D or Ph.D program.
Shaunda Cooper (Class 16), Janet Taylor (Class 16)
Shaunda Cooper and Janet Taylor, Principal Fellows at North Carolina Central University, have been asked by the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Department at NCCU to provide consultation services to the NCCU Teaching Fellows. They will be training the Teaching Fellows in culturally sensitive classroom instruction, diversity in the classroom, and professionalism as an educator. They also served as mentors to the North Carolina Teaching Fellows on an educational trip to Costa Rica during the summer of 2010.
James V. Davis II, Ed.D. (Class 11)
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Principal, China Grove Middle School
The PFP prepared me for a successful career as a school administrator. The program made me aware of current school conditions and helped me recognize ways that I could support students and teachers with various problems in numerous settings. The PFP also helped me build a foundation for a doctoral program which I recently completed. Recently, I was named the Wachovia 2011 Principal of the Year and I credit a great deal of my success to many factors, one of those factors being the Principal Fellows Program.
Melissa Davis (Class 14)
Melissa Davis, Fayetteville State University Principal Fellow, has published
a children’s book to help families cope with life in the military. Growing
up in a military family, she is well aware of the different issues faced by
military children, especially the issue of relocation. More information
about her book, Home is Where the Army Sends You, can be found at this link:
Starr Hodges (Class 17)
Starr Hodges, Principal Fellow at NC A&T State University, was awarded the MSA Program Edward B. Fort Leadership Award for Aspiring Leaders on Friday, March 30, 2012 at the Leadership Awards Reception at NC A&T State University. The Edward B. Fort Leadership Awards were established to recognize NC A&T graduates of the MSA program who have contributed to the pursuit of excellence in education through effective leadership. Their contributions have had a positive impact on significant segments of public education as they have exemplified a commitment to lifelong learning and demonstrated effective leadership.
Jeremiah McCluney (Class 13)
Appalachian State University
Rutherford County Schools
As Assistant Principal, R-S Central High School, I am proud to be an alumni of the Principal Fellows professional learning community. PFP provided a wealth of opportunities for me to grow and learn as a school executive. Without the Principal Fellows Program, I would not have gained from the experience of working with a variety of school principals at different levels. The professional development and internships from the Program have broadened my thinking and shaped me into a much better administrator.
Jeff Moss (Class 14)
Jeff Moss, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Principal Fellow, has been admitted into the Doctor of Education degree program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He began taking courses in the fall 2009 semester as a part time doctoral student.
Theresa Price (Class 16)
Theresa Price, an Appalachian State University Principal Fellow, was inducted into Appalachian State University Cratis D. Williams Society in spring 2011. Theresa was the only school administration major to be awarded this honor. This society recognizes the top 1-2% of graduate students.
Paul Wilson (Class 14)
Paul Wilson, Western Carolina University Principal Fellow, received the Western Carolina University "Don Chalker Award for Excellence." This prestigious award is given to MSA students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and example while completing their MSA degree.
Judy Yeager (Class 7)
East Carolina University
Onslow County Schools
Director of Safe, Civil, and Caring Schools, Central Office
If it had not been for the North Carolina Principal Fellows Program, I would not have been able to participate in the MSA program. As a high school English teacher, driving three hours two or four nights a week would have been out of the question. The opportunity to develop as a professional on a full time basis was too good to pass up. The freedom to immerse myself in the program proved more beneficial than I expected. The internship year provided me with learning opportunities that part-time students never experience. As a result, I entered the administrative workforce more knowledgeable and more confident. I highly encourage anyone interested in pursuing a career in school administration to take advantage of the Principal Fellows opportunity.(c) 2013