Thursday 13 Dec 2018


WCPS Principal and Teacher Honored

Dr. Taylor with Mrs. Keel

Dr. Taylor with Mrs. Keel

The Wayne County Public Schools (WCPS) Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association (PAPA) recently named Mount Olive Middle principal, Tammy Keel, the WCPS 2014 Principal of the Year, as part of the Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year program.

Mrs. Keel started her career in education in 1999 as a teacher at Mount Olive Middle. In 2005, she transitioned to administration as an assistant principal at Grantham School and was named assistant principal at Brogden Middle in 2006. In 2010 she was named principal of Mount Olive Middle.

Mrs. Keel earned both an associate’s degree in Business Administration in 1997 and a bachelor’s degree in Management & Organizational Development in 1998 from Mount Olive College. She was a North Carolina Principal Fellow from 2003-2005 and earned a master’s degree in Administration from East Carolina University in 2005. She is currently working to complete a doctoral degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

Local principals of the year receive $150 and will represent their district in the regional Principal of the Year competition, and possibly the state competition next spring. District administrators wish Mrs. Keel the very best as she continues on to the next stage of the competition.

“Mrs. Keel is an effective educator and an outstanding principal,” states Dr. Steven Taylor, WCPS Superintendent. “Her character, core educational beliefs, and commitment to help students become successful make her the ideal representative of both Wayne County Public Schools and the Southeast Region if selected as a part of this competition.”

Dr. Taylor surprising Mrs. Ward

Dr. Taylor surprising Mrs. Ward

In addition to selecting the district’s Principal of the Year, the district’s PAPA named Antoinette Ward, the elementary curriculum specialist for Carver Elementary, the WCPS 2014 Elementary Curriculum Specialist of the Year. Since 2007, the district’s PAPA has given this award to locally recognize an outstanding assistant principal or elementary curriculum specialist who has proven themselves as hardworking, dedicated to meeting student needs, and as someone who goes above and beyond what is required of them.

“Mrs. Ward has garnered the respect of her peers and colleagues and was selected for this outstanding achievement because of her passion for education and her effectiveness and leadership as a school administrator. Our district congratulates her for earning this award,” states Dr. Taylor.”

Mrs. Ward began her career in education in 1991 as a teacher with Pitt County Schools. In 1992, she joined Clayton County Schools in Georgia. In 1995, Mrs. Ward joined Wayne County Public Schools as a teacher at Brogden Primary School. In 2002, she began teaching at North Drive Elementary and transitioned to administration in 2008 as an assistant principal at Carver Elementary. In 2011, she transitioned from an assistant principal to an elementary curriculum specialist at the school. Mrs. Ward holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from East Carolina University and a master’s degree in school administration from the University of Phoenix.

Both Mrs. Keel and Mrs. Ward will be officially recognized at the Wayne County Board of Education Meeting on October 6.


  1. terri gardner. says:

    SOOOO very proud of these ladies……most deserving……..Congratulations Antoinette and may God bless you for all the hard work you do for the children….love u…terri

  2. Tony sasser says:

    Congratulations to them both. May they continue to be a blessing.


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