Alumni Success

2018 Achievements

Photo of Dr. April GuenzlerDr. April Guenzler, May 2016 EDCI Graduate, has been named 2018 National Magnet School Teacher of the Year.  Dr. Guenzler, a teacher at Brooks Museums Magnet Elementary in the Wake County School System, was selected from a group of eight Regional Teachers of the Year, across the country.


Photo of Dr. Missy WestDr. Missy West, May 2018 EDCI Graduate, has been named 2018 Teacher of the Year at Rosman Middle School in Transylvania County Schools.  


Photo of Alfreda SmithMrs. Alfreda Smith - Current EDLS Candidate
Mrs. Smith was named Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools’ 2018 Principal of the Year.  She is the Principal at Northwest Middle School.


Mrs. Katie Barbee -  MELS - Class of 2008
One of 3 “Principal of the Year” Finalists for Cleveland County Schools.  Mrs. Barbee is principal at Jefferson Elementary School.


Photo of Dustin BridgesDr. Dustin Bridges -  EDCI – Class of 2012
One of 3 “Principal of the Year” Finalists for Cleveland County Schools.  Dr. Bridges is principal at Shelby Middle School.


Dr. Jay Human – DEOL – Class of 2017
Dr. Human took the lead in reorganizing the Gaston County Animal Control division. It is now a national model for law enforcement animal control programs.


Dr. April McConneaughey – DEOL - Class of 2017
April celebrates a new leadership position with a Behavioral Health Organization’s Management Team in Organizational Leadership and Community Development.


Dr. Bryan Taylor – EDLS – Class of 2016
Recently appointed Superintendent of Avery County Schools