On Friday afternoon, Franklin County Schools named Youngsville Elementary School Assistant Principal Cindy Miller-Walker the District’s 2017 Assistant Principal of the Year. The announcement came as a surprise to Miller-Walker, who was greeted in the School’s auditorium by students, teachers, and district leaders.
“I was shocked,” said Miller-Walker. “I had no idea this would be happening today and I’m so grateful for the honor.”
Miller-Walker has worked as an administrator at Youngsville Elementary School since 2013, beginning as a Principal Intern as she completed her Master of School Administration through North Carolina State University’s Northeast Leadership Academy (NELA). Upon her completion of the NELA program, she was named assistant principal of the school in September of 2014.
Prior to her time as an administrator at YES, Miller-Walker worked as an Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Teacher at Long Mill Elementary School, but she began her tenure in Franklin County Schools at Youngsville Elementary as a third-grade teacher. However, Miller-Walker began her teaching career in South Carolina as a kindergarten and first grade teacher in Charleston County Schools, then transitioned to Wake County Schools before joining the team at the school she’s called home for the majority of her career.
“I feel very fortunate that I get to look forward to coming to work every day,” she said adding that “the students are wonderful and the people in this community make Youngsville Elementary School feel like home.”
In addition to her master’s degree, Miller-Walker holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and she received her K-12 Gifted Education Licensure from East Carolina University.
As the District’s Assistant Principal of the Year, Miller-Walker will receive a $750 bonus and will be recognized at the Board of Education’s meeting on January 9, 2017.