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DPS Names 2019 Principal of the Year Finalists

Burton Elementary Magnet School principal Dr. Kimberly Ferrell and City of Medicine Academy principal Dr. Jackie Tobias are finalists for the Durham Public Schools 2019 Principal of the Year award.

Dr. Kimberly Ferrell, Burton Elementary Magnet School

With more than 25 years of experience in education, Dr. Ferrell has been leading Burton Elementary for the past five years. Through her leadership, Burton students have exceeded growth expectations for four consecutive school years, from 2014-15 through 2017-18.

Burton was the only school in North Carolina named a Capturing Kids Hearts National Showcase School in 2017-18. Through this program, Dr. Ferrell transformed the school into an emotionally safe and relationally connected place for students, staff and parents to embrace a love for learning. The school has reported outstanding results because of Dr. Ferrell’s comprehensive and rigorous implementation of the framework.

Dr. Ferrell believes that as principal, it is her job to hold everyone to high expectations and to provide the best conditions to ensure that the teachers at Burton are the leaders in their classrooms.

Dr. Jackie Tobias, City of Medicine Academy

As principal of City of Medicine Academy, Dr. Tobias has led the school to a 100-percent graduation rate for the past five years, attaining the second highest academic growth among high schools in North Carolina for 2016-17 and the fifth highest in 2017-18, and three consecutive years of receiving an A+ designation by the state of North Carolina.

By creating a culture of high expectations, Dr. Tobias keeps her staff focused on learning, instruction and assessment. She starts every school year looking at where the school and students are and where they need to go by the end of the school year, and then creating the plan on how to get there. Dr. Tobias believes her job is to ensure that all students at City of Medicine Academy are prepared for success both at school and upon graduation.

With more than 30 years in education and the last five at CMA, Dr. Tobias takes pride in enabling her students to succeed as her own high school counselor did for her.

The Durham Public Schools 2019 Principal of the Year will be announced at the end of October.