Edgecombe County Public Schools selected SouthWest Edgecombe High School Princial Lauren Lampron to be the 2021-22 Principal of the Year for the school district.

“Dr. Lampron has served in various roles in Edgecombe County Public Schools ranging from teacher, administrative intern, assistant principal and principal,” Edgecombe County Public Schools Superintendent Valerie Bridges said Monday in a news release. “She is an excellent educator who works diligently with her staff to have positive outcomes on student learning. She strives for excellence in all that she does.”

Lampron will represent Edgecombe County Public Schools in the regional competition with hopes of becoming the Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year.

Since 1984, Wells Fargo Bank has financially supported the program in collaboration with the state Department of Public Instruction to recognize outstanding principals from North Carolina Public Schools.

Principals are judged on many criteria before earning the title of Principal of the Year. Each winner is expected to merit the respect and admiration of students, teachers, other professional coworkers, parents as well as members of his or her community, according to a news release from the school district.

Involvement in the community as well as in-school activities also are considered during the approval process. In addition, candidates are expected to provide opportunities for academic achievement to a diverse student population.

Lampron said she views the honor as a result of a team effort.

“I am thankful that this recognition allows our community to celebrate the work of our SouthWest staff members. In my mind, the Principal of the Year recognition is synonymous with the ‘School Staff of the Year’ award,” Lampron said in a statement. “Through COVID, all staff members embraced redefining their roles and making drastic changes to their teaching style and workday in order to respond to COVID-related needs. Despite all these changes, our staff continued to embrace change by spending the year engaging in a year-long design process to conduct interviews with students and redefine what is possible for students to experience at SouthWest about the honor.”

Lampron also credited Bridges for her leadership style that encourages innovation.

“She leads our Edgecombe County Public Schools team of school leaders with a clear vision to put children first and invest in each student individually. Staff members across ECPS are finding ways to empower students to forge their own future. I am proud to be a small part of the process we are embarking upon here at SouthWest Edgecombe High School,” Lampron said.

This is not the first time that Lampron has won the honor of Principal of the Year for the school district. When she was leading W.A. Patillo Middle Schools, Lampron was selected as the Edgecombe County Public Schools 2019 Principal of the Year.