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Lisa Napp (M.S.A. '98, Ed.D. '08) named Orange County Schools' 2011 Principal of the Year

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Lisa Napp

Lisa Napp of Efland-Checks Elementary School has been named the Orange County Schools' 2011 Wachovia Principal of the Year.

Napp has been the principal of Efland-Cheeks since 2008 and has been a school administrator since 2001.

"Dr. Napp is a true visionary and an exceptional school leader," said Superintendent Patrick Rhodes. "During her tenure as principal, she has worked tirelessly to establish a culture that embraces all learners and nurtures the leadership potential in each of her staff members. Dr. Napp's diligence has won her the admiration of her peers and the respect of her students, staff and the greater community that she serves. She continues to do an outstanding job as principal of Efland-Cheeks and we consider ourselves fortunate to have her as a member of the Orange County Schools family."

The award was formally announced during a surprise assembly arranged by the staff of Efland- Checks Elementary School earlier this month.

"Efland-Cheeks is an incredible school and I consider myself extremely lucky to be its principal," said Napp. 'This is an exciting honor and it represents the hard work of each of our students and parents and the dedication of our staff."

Napp began her career in education as a kindergarten teacher in Middletown, N.Y., before moving to New York City, then to Durham County. In 2001 she was hired as an associate principal at Cameron Park where she spent the next four years.

Napp received her bachelor's degree from State University of New York at Fredonia and her master's degree and doctorate in educational leadership from UNC’s School of Education.

This is the 28th year the Wachovia Corporation has sponsored the Principal of the Year award. Napp will now compete with other local award recipients from the Central Region of the state. Regional award recipients will be selected by February 2011 and the state Wachovia Principal of the Year will be announced in April at a luncheon in Raleigh.

The Principal of the Year program is also sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Center for School Leadership Development Principals' Executive Program.