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WCE Alumni Honored as Principals of the Year

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Please join faculty and staff at the Watson College in offering congratulations to 2015 Principals of the Year Eleanor B. Patrick and Edith Skipper! Craven and Pender County School districts recognized their outstanding contributions to education in October.

Dr. Eleanor B. Patrick – 2015 Principal of the Year, Craven County Schools

Eleanor B. Patrick ’14 Ed.D. has been selected as the 2015 Principal of the Year for Craven County Schools. The district announced the award on Oct. 8. Patrick is principal of Trent Park Elementary School.

Patrick earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from the Watson College in December 2014. Her dissertation topic was Leadership Practices in High-Poverty Elementary Schools in North Carolina.

In a portfolio submitted to the local selection committee, Patrick wrote, “Student success is the first priority of our school and having a successful school requires contributions from all staff members.”

After receiving the award, Patrick said the honor belonged to the school because it illustrates the work of teachers, students, faculty and staff, according to a story in the New Bern Sun Journal on Oct. 8. “There is no bigger joy than to talk about the wonderful things our students and staff do every day,” she said.

In her role as Principal of the Year, Patrick will serve as the local advisor to the board of education. She will also represent Craven County Schools in local, regional and state events including the regional competition for North Carolina Principal of the Year.

Recent News Stories

Sun Journal, Oct. 8, “Patrick named district’s best”

The story was also featured on New Bern Now

Dr. Edith Skipper– 2015 Principal of the Year, Pender County Schools

Edith Skipper ’13 Ed.D. was named Pender County Schools Principal of the Year during a reception held Oct. 12 in Burgaw. She is principal at Pender Early College High School.

Skipper’s dissertation topic was Characteristics of Effective Principals and Academic Achievement of Students. In addition to a doctorate in Educational Leadership, she also received her B.A. and M.Ed. in Elementary Education and a Master of School Administration from UNCW’s Watson College of Education.

During her career, Skipper has worked as preschool teacher and elementary teacher in New Hanover and Bladen Counties and as preschool education coordinator in Pender County. She began her administrative career in Pender County Schools as a North Carolina Principal Fellow and has also served as assistant principal and principal at Cape Fear Middle School, West Pender Middle School, and currently at Pender Early College High School.

She is also currently an adjunct faculty member at the Watson College of Education.

Pender Early College High School was recently featured in Newsweek’s “Beating the Odds 2015: Top High Schools for Low-Income Students” and in 2014, the school received an award from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for having a 100 percent graduation rate. 

A video created by the school system titled “Beating the Odds” can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWByW0p1KFM

Skipper says relationships are the key to the school’s success.

“Cultivating positive relationships with students and parents enables us to learn about the capabilities and barriers faced by those we serve,” she wrote in a portfolio submitted to the local selection committee. “The beauty of the stakeholders in our community is that we all share the belief that our differences should not only be tolerated, but celebrated. We respect each other and know that our jobs are much larger than ensuring a proficient score on a standardized measure.”

Skipper will represent Pender County Schools in the regional competition for North Carolina Principal of the Year.

View Recent News Stories

WECT, Oct. 13, “Skipper named Pender Co. Principal of the Year”

StarNews, Oct. 21, “Pender names Principal of Year”