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North Drive Elementary teacher named UNC LEADS Principals Fellow
North Drive Elementary teacher, Sherida Suggs, has been selected as a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Leads for Wayne Principal Fellows. She was recognized Monday evening by the Wayne County Board of Education for this achievement.
The Principal Fellows program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill — known as UNC LEADS — funds tuition and fees for selected candidates with a grant awarded to UNC-Chapel Hill by the N.C. General Assembly. The Principal Fellows Program provides a competitive, merit-based scholarship loan to individuals of exceptional academic ability who have teaching or relevant experience and who desire to enter school administration in a North Carolina public school. Fellows have the opportunity to attend school on a full-time basis and earn an MSA degree in two years.
Wayne County Public Schools is one of six school districts in the state to receive the partnership with UNC- Chapel Hill for the Principal Fellowship Grant.  
“My department is very pleased to collaborate with UNC-Chapel over the next three years to recommend up to six candidates to the program,” states Dr. Yvette Smith Mason, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources & Professional Development. “The Principal Fellowship grant allows Wayne County Public Schools to activate a grow your own initiative for future school administrators in our school district. We are excited that Ms. Suggs has received this outstanding opportunity and look forward to supporting her during her leadership journey.”
The Principal Fellows Program, which is offered at eleven campuses of the University of North Carolina, provides one year of full-time academic study and a one-year full-time internship in a North Carolina public school. Fellows also participate in enrichment experiences designed to enhance their preparation for a career as a principal or assistant principal.
Ms. Suggs will begin the Principal Fellows program this fall.