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Gloria Woods-Weeks (M.S.A. ’04) named N.C. Assistant Principal of the Year

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Gloria Woods-Weeks

Gloria Woods-Weeks, assistant principal at East Chapel Hill High School, was named the North Carolina Assistant Principal of the Year by the N.C. Principals and Assistant Principals Association.

Every year, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, along with Virco, Inc., awards a winner from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. 

Woods-Weeks was selected for this award because of her accomplishments in bridging the local Chapel Hill community with ECHHS, her awareness of current and emerging issues and her enthusiasm for improving the school’s learning environment.

“Gloria is a very level-headed individual who never gets ‘flustered’─a characteristic that is valuable for a building administrator in a large high school,” said Stan Schainker, clinical associate professor of Educational Leadership and coordinator of the M.S.A. program that Woods-Weeks completed. “She is open to new ideas and interested in trying to expand her knowledge base. She sees herself as a problem solver, and her performance in recent years has demonstrated that this is not simply rhetoric but is reflected in her work-related behavior.”

At ECHHS, Woods-Weeks oversees the Cultural Arts, English, Health/Physical Education and Career and Technical Education departments. Her other areas of administrative responsibility include Advanced Placement testing, student teachers, staff development and the Sunshine Committee.

“Ms. Woods-Weeks is a very energetic, focused and committed administrator. She sets very high standards for herself and for the students at East,” said David Thaden, principal of East Chapel Hill High School. “She has put tremendous energy this year into supporting both our teachers and our minority students to help the less successful students experience greater academic success.”