Principal Fellows Achievements

Dr. Mellotta Hill (Class 8)

Dr. Mellotta Hill was the 2013-2014 Principal of the Year for Cumberland County Schools. Dr. Hill is the principal of Howard Hall Classical Elementary School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, a position she has held since 2010. Dr. HIll began the position of principal in 2004 as the principal of Ferguson-Easley. Dr. Hill has a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University, a Master of School Administration degree and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fayetteville State University.

Anna Moraglia (Class 7)

Anna Moraglia is the Principal of Park Road Montessori School in Charlotte, a position she has held since 2007. Under her leadership, Park Road Montessori was recognized as a Blue Ribbon School in 2012 and was recognized by Magnet Schools of America as a School of Excellence in 2011 and a School of Distinction in 2012. Anna received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.S.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Masters of Arts in Montessori Leadership from Sarasota University.

Toby Cone (Class 12)

Toby Cone was the 2013-2014 Principal of the Year for Watauga County Schools. Toby is currently in his fifth year as principal of Cove Creek School in Watauga County. Prior to going to Cove Creek he was assistant principal at Parkway School in Watauga County. Toby has a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire and two master’s degrees from Appalachian State University, one in educational media and technology and one in school administration.

Cherie Chandler (Class 14)

Cherie Chandler, a recent Principal Fellow graduate from North Carolina State University, has written a book, I Am Beautiful, about the unique experience of women as they develop throughout the years.

Theresa Price (Class 16)

Theresa Price, an Appalachian State University Principal Fellow, was inducted into Appalachian State University Cratis D. Williams Society in spring 2011. Theresa was the only school administration major to be awarded this honor. This society recognizes the top 1-2% of graduate students.

Paul Wilson (Class 14)

Paul Wilson, Western Carolina University Principal Fellow, received the Western Carolina University “Don Chalker Award for Excellence.” This prestigious award is given to MSA students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and example while completing their MSA degree.

Starr Hodges (Class 17)

Starr Hodges, Principal Fellow at NC A&T State University, was awarded the MSA Program Edward B. Fort Leadership Award for Aspiring Leaders on Friday, March 30, 2012 at the Leadership Awards Reception at NC A&T State University.  The Edward B. Fort Leadership Awards were established to recognize NC A&T graduates of the MSA program who have contributed to the pursuit of excellence in education through effective leadership. Their contributions have had a positive impact on significant segments of public education as they have  exemplified a commitment to lifelong learning and demonstrated effective leadership.

Melissa Davis (Class 14)

Melissa Davis, Fayetteville State University Principal Fellow, has published a children’s book, “Home is Where the Army Sends You,” to help families cope with life in the military. Growing up in a military family, she is well aware of the different issues faced by military children, especially the issue of relocation.

Felisha Wyche (Class 10)

Felisha Wyche was the 2009-2010 Principal of the Year for Northampton County and received a Distinguished Leadership in Practice award in 2013. Felisha is the former principal of Northampton County High School in Roanoke Rapids. Presently she is the Director of Secondary Education and Accountability for Northampton County Schools. Felisha has a bachelor’s degree from Elizabeth City State University, and a Master of School Administration degree from East Carolina University. Felisha is a doctoral candidate at East Carolina University, her prospective graduation date May 2015.

Steve Lassiter (Class 15)

Steve Lassiter, Principal of Pactolus School in Greenville, N.C. is the 2014-15 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year. He is also the 2014-15 Pitt County Farm Bureau Principal of the Year. Steve obtained a bachelor’s degree and his M.S.A. from East Carolina University and an Education Specialist degree from North Carolina State University. He is currently working on a doctoral degree at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Crystal Brown (Class 7)

Dr. Crystal Brown was the 2012-2013 Principal of the Year for Cumberland County Schools. Dr. Brown is currently the principal of Benjamin Martin Elementary School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, a position she has held since 2010. Dr. Brown served as assistant principal of Cumberland Road Elementary School for four years. Dr. Brown has a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University, a Master of School Administration degree from Fayetteville State University and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from North Carolina State University.

Syreeta Smith (Class 10)

Syreeta Smith was the Wake County Public School System’s Assistant Principal of the Year for 2011-2012. Syreeta has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from North Carolina Central University and a M.S.A degree from North Carolina State University. She is currently the Principal at North Forest Pines, a year-round elementary school in Wake County.

Dr. Patrick Miller (Class 10)

Dr. Patrick C. Miller, was a former teacher, and principal from Greene County Schools where he is now the superintendent. He is the first Green county native to serve in his current position.  He  received his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree from East Carolina University in May 2011. Dr. Miller was the NCSCHA/NC Healthy Schools Superintendent of the Year for 2011-12. He has served on the NCASCD Board of Directors since 2009 and was president in 2013-14. He is an ex officio member of the NC Principal Fellows Commission, and a member of the Public School Forum of North Carolina Board of Directors (2013-14) and on the Board of Directors of Partnership for Children of Lenoir/Greene Counties.

Jenny Moreno (Class 7)

Jenny Moreno is Principal at Hendersonville Middle School in the Henderson County School System.  Her school was recognized as a “School to Watch” in North Carolina in 2010 by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform (http://mgforum.org/).  This Forum, made up of representatives from education research, nationwide educational and professional organizations, as well as professional educators, strives to engender high academic achievement and healthy development of adolescents.  Each year, the Forum identifies through its statewide programs “Schools to Watch.” Jenny’s school, identified as such by the Forum, is one that promotes academic excellence, responds appropriately to the developmental needs of the students, and offers a truly democratic environment in which to learn.