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Muriel Summers (A.B.Ed. ’79) given Friday Medal

Muriel Summers (A.B.Ed. ’79), principal at A.B. Combs Leadership Elementary School in Raleigh, has been awarded the Friday Medal, one of the highest honors given to North Carolina educators.

School of Education honors six alumni

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Education honored six Carolina alumni at its 15th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on Saturday (Nov. 1).

Alumnus Moyer Smith chosen for N.C. high school sports hall of fame

Moyer Smith (A.B.Ed. ’61, M.Ed. ’65), former president of the UNC Educational Foundation, has been chosen to be inducted into the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

Alumna Darlene Ryan named Chapel Hill-Carrboro Principal of Year

Darlene Ryan (A.B.Ed. ’78, M.Ed. ’03, Ed.D. ’11) has been named the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools 2014-15 Principal of the Year.

Dhedra Lassiter (A.B.Ed. ’89) named Wake County Principal of the Year

Dhedra Lassiter (A.B.Ed. ’89), principal at Rolesville Middle School, has been named the 2014-15 Principal of the Year in Wake County.

Donald and Justeen Tarbet leave $3 million legacy gift to School of Education

The School of Education has received the largest gift in its history – more than $3 million to honor the memory of former faculty member Donald G. Tarbet.

Eliz Colbert (B.A. '86, M.Ed. '94) named head of N.C. Virtual Public School

Eliz Colbert (B.A. '86, M.Ed. '94) has been selected to serve as the leader of the North Carolina Public Virtual School.

Amy Rickard (A.B.Ed. ’94, M.S.A. ’00) talks teacher pay, achievement gap

Amy Rickard (A.B.Ed. ’94, M.S.A. ’00), who was named North Carolina’s National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals, gave her thoughts about what makes a good principal, pay for teachers and bridging the achievement gap in a Q&A with the Chapel Hill News.

Terry Worrell (A.B.Ed. '82, Ed.D. '93) named Asheboro superintendent

Terry Worrell (A.B.Ed. '82, Ed.D. '93) has been selected as the new superintendent of Asheboro City Schools.

Alumnus Michael Ortiz given UNC-Chapel Hill Latina/o Alumnus Award

Michael Ortiz (Ph.D. ’81), president of California State Polytechnic University, has been awarded the 2014 Latina/o Alumnus Award from the Carolina Latina/o Collaborative.

Alumnus Brian Devore named Southern Region PE Teacher of the Year

Brian Devore (A.B.Ed. '89), who teaches and coaches at Mountain View Elementary School in Marietta, Ga., has been named the Southern District Elementary School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Alumna Cindi Rigsbee: Beginning teachers need more than grit

What do new teachers need? They need grit. They need stamina to stay with a tough job. But they also need strong support. So says Cindi Rigsbee (A.B.Ed. ’79, M.Ed. ’03) in a blog post featured by EdWeek.

Alumna Kim Hoke earns Barry Gaskins Service Award.

Kim Hoke (A.B.Ed. ’71, M.Ed. ’76), who serves as executive director of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, has won the North Carolina School Public Relations Association’s top honor – the Barry Gaskins Service Award.

Alumna Amy Rickard named regional principal of the year

Amy Rickard (A.B.Ed. '94, M.S.A. '00), principal of Morris Grove Elementary School in Chapel Hill, has been named the 2014 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year for the Piedmont Triad/Central Region.