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Emily Bivins (Ed.D. ’01, M.S.A. ’03) is Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ 2009-2010 Principal of the Year

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Emily Bivins

Emily Bivins of Carrboro Elementary School was selected as Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ Principal of the Year for 2009-2010. She earned both a doctor of education degree in curriculum and instruction and a master of school administration degree from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education. Bivins will now represent the district in the regional and state competitions for Principal of the Year.

Bivins is actively involved with improving all aspects of Carrboro Elementary School. One area of focus is her work to increase the school’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) so that Carrboro Elementary will be removed from school improvement status. She also is committed to introducing students to higher education. Every classroom at Carrboro Elementary is affiliated with a college or university in North Carolina as a way of exposing students to the higher education options available in the state.

“Dr. Bivins has raised the bar at Carrboro Elementary, making it clear that all students are expected to learn at high levels,” said Superintendent Neil Pedersen. “She has emphasized quality instruction and the establishment of effective Professional Learning Community teams. The staff and students have responded to the challenges that she has given them as student achievement soared last year.”

Before she was selected as principal of Carrboro Elementary in 2006, Bivins was the assistant principal of the school. Prior to that, she was the director of elementary instruction and staff development for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. She also worked as a classroom teacher at Estes Hills Elementary, McDougle Elementary and Alexander Wilson Elementary in Graham, N.C. (in the Alamance-Burlington School System).