FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina’s brand new principal of the year received a big surprise Friday.
Principal Melody Chalmers walked into the gym at E.E. Smith High School in Fayetteville Friday not knowing the entire school was waiting for her.
The school organized the surprise rally to celebrated Chalmers being named as the 2016 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year.
“That’s when I just immediately became emotional because it just really hit home for me what the whole recognition was about. It was about the students and the staff members, all of the parents and community members that were here today that have helped us achieve success. It’s never been about me. So that was just truly on my heart when I walked in,” Chalmers said.
She will receive $3,000 for personal use and $3,000 for the school.
Chalmers has been in education for 18 years and first served as an assistant principal at E.E. Smith in 2004 before becoming principal.
She will continue to lead E.E. Smith but will also travel across the state as and ambassador for education.
Chalmers says she wants to use the position to make sure the community and the state know the challenges in public education and how they are doing more with less.
She is the third principle from E.E. Smith to earn the recognition.