Two Craven Co. educators win regional awards

CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Two Craven County educators have won regional awards recognizing their impacts in leading students.

Ashley Faulkenberry, Craven County Schools Principal of the Year, has won Southeast Regional Principal of the Year.

Laura Wilson, Craven County Schools Teacher of the Year, has been named Southeast Regional Teacher of the Year.

The announcements were made Tuesday afternoon in New Bern.

WITN is told that this is the first time since 2005 that the teacher of the year and principal of the year were selected to represent the region from the same school district.

Faulkenberry is the principal of Trent Park Elementary. Wilson is a 4th grade teacher at Roger Bell New Tech Academy.

“It is a huge honor,” Wilson said. “Craven County has poured so much into me and I’m so excited to pour a little back into them. I love what I do. I love coming to work every day. I love seeing my students and they have been so excited and so supportive of me this year on this journey and I’m so excited to see them tomorrow and get a big hug from all of them.”

Faulkenberry said receiving the award is a moment she will always hold near and dear to her heart.

“The mentoring of all the people here, my school and my family: You have been instrumental in this journey and I just want to say thank you for everything you’ve done to help me out,” Faulkenberry said.

Both educators will move on to compete for the state titles for North Carolina principal and teacher of the year.