Dr. Melissa Gilbert Edwards has been selected as the new Superintendent of Neuse Charter School of Johnston County.
Dr. Edwards, a 19 year educator, was chosen after a rigorous national search led by the Neuse Charter School Board of Directors in consultation with Dr. Lee Bush, a prominent education consultant based out of Atlanta, GA. The candidate pool was extremely strong with a total of 49 applicants from 16 different states.
Dr. Edwards, who has Johnston County roots as a graduate of South Johnston High School, began her professional career as a middle school teacher, including time at Franklin Academy in Wake Forest and Thales Academy in Raleigh. In 2011, she transitioned to a middle and high school administrator at Thales Academy. Over the course of her eight years there, Dr. Edwards gained extensive experience in educational leadership,
curriculum development and coordination, and talent management. She currently serves as Head of School at Fusion Academy which offers an innovative personalized learning environment.
Dr. Edwards has Bachelor of Science and Masters of Education degrees from NC State
University and a Doctorate Degree in Education from Walden University. Additionally, she has
earned National Board Certification, Mentor Certification, and an Education Specialist Degree in
Teacher Leadership and School Administration.
Neuse Charter School Board of Directors Chair Dawn Dixon stated “This is an exciting time for
Neuse Charter School. Dr. Edwards is a high caliber leader with hometown roots. That is a win
for all of us and we’re confident that she will lead Neuse Charter School to new levels
of academic excellence.”
CHAPEL HILL—A total of 35 student-athletes from North Carolina High School Athletic Association member schools will be honored for their outstanding sportsmanship as winners of the “Heart of a Champion” Award recognition.
The sportsmanship recognition is part of the program offered by the NCHSAA Student Services Division. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there will not be a luncheon this year. However, the award winners will be honored through the NCHSAA’s social media and online platforms in addition to receiving the awards. These awards are sponsored by NC Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company. Mark Dreibelbis, NCHSAA Associate Commissioner, and Director of Student Programs and Sports, Chiquana Dancy, administer the program.
Each of the NCHSAA member schools had the opportunity to nominate one male and one female student-athlete for the recognition. The students must have participated in at least one varsity sport or activity, including cheerleading, during the 2019-2020 school year, have not been ejected from any contest, and must have demonstrated outstanding citizenship and sportsmanship during their high school careers.
The students filled out an application questionnaire and then a school official, such as the principal or athletic director, also provided an evaluation.
"We are thankful for the North Carolina Farm Bureau’s continued partnership with us and appreciate their support to honor the outstanding character of these athletes,” said NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker. "We are honored to recognize this group of 35 student athletes that have consistently demonstrated the values and traits that we hope all student athletes learn through our programs. Now more than ever, our society is in need of young people like this group of award winners that are dedicated to excellence in sportsmanship and citizenship."
This year’s North Carolina Farm Bureau “Heart of a Champion” Award recipients are:
Neuse Charter School
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