Oak Hill principal named state principal of the year

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — A Guilford County principal who has helped turn around one of North Carolina’s low-performing schools has been named state principal of the year.

Patrice Faison of Oak Hill Elementary School accepted the award to a standing ovation in Cary, Guilford County Schools officials said in a news release.

Faison became Oak Hill’s principal in 2010. In her first year, she raised the school’s test scores by 19.4 percentage points. That performance made Oak Hill one of GCS’ most improved schools.

She won $3,000 for her school, as well as $3,000 for herself. She will receive a scholarship for a 10-day educational tour of China and will serve as advisor to the State Board of Education for a year.

Faison is GCS’ second state Principal of the Year since the district merged in 1993. Pandora Bell received the same honor in 1998 while principal at Jesse Wharton Elementary.

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