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Oak Hill Elementary School Principal Patrice Faison speaks at a Priority Schools Campaign forum in New Orleans. Photo: Staci Maiers

Oak Hill Principal Patrice Faison Named Principal of the Year

The extraordinary transformation at Oak Hill Elementary continues to garner acclaim with the announcement that principal Patrice Faison was named the 2012 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year.

Just four years ago, the High Point, North Carolina school had one of the lowest academic performance scores in the state. Fast forward to 2010-2011 with Oak Hill making the largest gain in Guilford County Schools, increasing its student performance score in reading, math and science by almost 20 points from between 25 and 39 percent proficiency to over 65 percent proficient.

With a nod to the collaborative spirit and practice NEA believes is a hallmark of real, replicable and sustainable school improvement, Faison said: “My leadership style has illustrated that if you assemble a good team and trust them, favorable results will follow.”

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