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Claude Archer named ECPS Principal of the Year

"I cannot think of anyone who is more deserving of this honor than Mr. Archer. He is an outstanding principal who has almost instantly changed the culture at West,” said John Farrelly, ECPS Superintendent.

“The school has made dramatic gains in student achievement in just one year under his leadership. More importantly, Mr. Archer personifies servant leadership and care for all stakeholders. I am very proud of him.”

Principals are judged on many criteria. Each is expected to merit the respect and admiration of students, teachers, and other professional coworkers, parents, and members of his or her community. Involvement in the community, as well as in school activities, also is considered. Candidates are expected to provide opportunities for academic achievement to a diverse student population.

Archer was chosen by a community panel of stakeholders and will now represent Edgecombe County Public Schools in regional competition with hopes of becoming the Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year.

“It is truly an honor to be named as Principal of the Year for Edgecombe County. Growing up in Edgecombe County, I have witnessed the many educational challenges that our students and staff face on a daily basis. Although the challenges are great, our opportunities for educational success are even greater. West Edgecombe Middle School’s success is truly the result of the hard work of our students and staff,” said Archer.

“I would like to thank my family and all of my administrative colleagues throughout the district for their support during my tenure as Principal of West Edgecombe Middle School.  A sincere thank you to Superintendent Farrelly and the Central Office staff for entrusting me with leading West Edgecombe Middle School to great heights.”

The Wells Fargo Principal of the Year Award was introduced in 1984 to recognize outstanding leadership in North Carolina's schools and the role of the principal in establishing an environment conducive to the pursuit and achievement of academic excellence. Wells Fargo sponsors the award in conjunction with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and the Chapel Hill-based Center for School Leadership Development.