NCPAPA Response to Governor's Teacher Compensation Announcement

The North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association (NCPAPA) would like to commend the Governor and his staff on the education initiative announced May 7 to provide teachers an attractive, professional pay schedule combined with career pathways. 

The NCPAPA Board of Director’s top priority is to attract and retain the best public school teachers through competitive compensation.  We must incentivize the state’s best and brightest individuals to enter the teaching profession and stay in the classroom.  We believe the Governor’s announced teacher compensation plan is a significant step toward creating an attractive career for teachers.  We especially appreciate the Governor’s commitment to follow-through with the plan and make full funding of this initiative a long-term priority.

As educators we appreciate the balanced approach of combining experience, market value, and performance as represented in the details of the plan.   We also would like to commend the Governor and his staff for the collaborative approach taken to show support for our teachers.

Additional information regarding the plan can be found here.

NCPAPA Statement

Carrie Tulbert named 2014 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year

Carrie Tulbert, principal of Mooresville Middle School, was name the 2014 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year during a luncheon ceremony held on Thursday afternoon. 

Tulbert led Mooresville Middle through one of the state’s first schoolwide 1:1 Digital Conversions.  Today her school is a national model for using technology to support instruction.

“Carrie is a pioneer who believes in the power of shifting school culture, thoughtful planning, and cultivating meaningful and productive relationships among teachers and student,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. 

Tulbert credits some of the successes at Mooresville Middle to a focus on school climate and culture. "School culture is a powerful component of education that is often overlooked. Many educational initiatives become pointless because there is a failure to evaluate and proactively develop school culture. As we implemented our 1:1 technology initiative, this became reality for Mooresville Middle School. We have now seen what a difference this intentional plan has made," Tulbert said.

Tulbert received a bachelor’s degree in English (with grades 6-12 licensure) from Meredith College in 2001, a master’s degree in school administration from Gardner-Webb University in 2006, and her doctorate in educational leadership from Wingate University in 2011. She is a 2013 alumni of the Distinguished Leadership in Practice (DLP) program, a program sponsored by N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and developed and provided by the N.C. Principals & Assistant Principals' Association (NCPAPA.)  Tulbert also serves as a developer and facilitator of the Distinguished Leadership in Practice for Digital Learning, a program currently being developed through a partnership between NCPAPA, the NCSU Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, and DPI.  

“Carrie has proven herself to be an exceptional leader, distinguished in every way,” said Dr. Shirley Prince, NCPAPA Executive Director.  “She is a true role model for all principals.”

Tulbert was selected from among eight regional finalists following interviews and on-site visits by a statewide selection committee. The other regional finalists were:

  • Northeast Region: Billie Berry, Camden County High (Camden County Schools);
  • Southeast Region: Frances Herring, Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School (Lenoir County Schools);
  • North Central Region: Dr. Larry Webb, Eaton-Johnson Middle (Vance County Schools);
  • Sandhills/South Central Region: Robin Calcutt, New Century Middle, (Moore County Schools);
  • Piedmont-Triad/Central Region: Amy Rickard, Morris Grove Elementary (Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools);
  • Southwest Region: Brad Breedlove, Monroe High (Union County Schools); and
  • West Region: Brad Richardson, Forest City-Dunbar Elementary (Rutherford County Schools).
She succeeds Southside High School Principal Dale Cole and will serve as an advisory member on the North Carolina State Board of Education.


NCPAPA 2014 Summer Instructional Symposium


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