Albemarle Road Middle School Principal Avery Mitchell today (10/19) was named Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools the 2010 Principal of the Year.

Mitchell, who is in her first full year at Albemarle Road Middle, was previously principal at Crestdale Middle for four years.

During her time at Crestdale, the school was recognized as a North Carolina School of Distinction and made its goals for student academic growth. It also was named a 2009 National School to Watch, an award recognizing middle schools for academic achievement, adolescent development and equitable education.

In March 2009, CMS Superintendent Peter Gorman chose Mitchell to move to Albemarle Road Middle as part of the Strategic Staffing Initiative, which places high-performing administrators in high-need schools.

She received the award at a surprise ceremony at the school.

Mitchell graduated from North Carolina State University in 1992 and received a master’s degree from Winthrop University in 2000. She is currently in the doctoral program in educational leadership at UNC-Charlotte. She taught 7th- and 8th-grade math at Carmel Middle from 1992 until 2000. She became an assistant principal at that school in 2000 and stayed there until she became principal at Crestdale in 2005.

Mitchell will now compete with other local award recipients from the southwest region of the state. Regional award recipients will be selected by February 2010 and the 2010 State Wachovia Principal of the Year will be announced in April 2010 at the state luncheon in Raleigh.

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