As the calendar year draws to a close, our Tuesday’s Teacher feature shifts focus for a few weeks, so that we may honor 2 of our county’s top administrators. This week we recognize Lee County Principal of the Year Aimee Petrarca of Greenwood Elementary School. In the aftermath of earning one of the county’s highest performance grades, Greenwood’s principal was selected by her fellow principals for this honor.
Ms. Petrarca has been an administrator in Lee County Schools since 2010. Greenwood has earned Head of Class recognition in 2012, 2015 and 2017 under her leadership. Ms. Petrarca holds a BS in Ementary Education from Appalachian State University and a Masters of School Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill. Prior to her move to administrative roles. Ms. Petrarca taught at B.T. Bullock Elementary for 12 years and also served as Varsity Gynmastics Coach at Lee County High School over that same timeframe.
Ms. Petrarca has 3 guiding principles for leading dynamic schools. 1) Retain bright, talented teachers. 2) Cultivate a growth mindset for students & staff, and 3) Support teachers that strive for excellence in the classroom. Upon receiving this recognition, Ms. Petrarca also noted, “It’s an honor, because there are so many amazing principals. I just don’t know how it happened – it’s an honor to be considered because everybody is working so hard.”
Welcome To Sanford adds our congratulations to Aimee Petrarca, Lee County Schools’ 2017 Principal of the Year.