Region IV Principal of the Year: Winston Pierce


Farmington Woods International Baccalaureate PYP Magnet Elementary School
Wake County Public School System

At Farmington Woods, Principal Pierce ensures a culture of inclusion as the foundation for the school’s work in achieving its goals. She emphasizes collective responsibility for every student’s success and fosters a holistic approach that addresses support and enrichment for academic success.

Principal Pierce places a strong emphasis on celebrating the diversity of students and staff at the school, considering it both a highlight and a priority. Recognizing the value of diverse backgrounds and cultures in achieving the school’s mission of “creating a better and more peaceful world through cultural understanding and respect,” she actively seeks staff applicants that reflect the school’s diversity. This commitment extends to attracting international teaching staff. The school’s physical design incorporates global representation, featuring a world map mosaic, continent-themed halls, and a clock wall displaying cities worldwide.

A dedicated school leader and member of the IB Educator Network (IBEN), she places a strong emphasis on student success. Principal Pierce actively supports the professional growth of the school staff through the implementation of a Multi-Tiered System of Support and the School Improvement process, ensuring that students are closely monitored and supported for academic success.



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