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2019 DPS Principal of the Year Announced

Dr. Kimberly Ferrell, Burton Elementary Magnet School

Congratulations to our 2019 Principal of the Year Dr. Kimberly Ferrell of Burton Elementary Magnet School. Thank you for all that you do and for continuing to capture the hearts of our kids while igniting their limitless potential.


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.


Check out photos from today's surprise presentation at Burton Elementary Magnet School in our DPS Media Gallery. CLICK HERE.