Dec. 10, 2012 @ 03:15 PM

New Carrboro charter school names first principal
CARRBORO – Tamara Thomas has been named principal of the proposed Howard and Lillian Lee Scholars public charter school, which is expected to open in Carrboro in August 2013. It is managed by National Heritage Academies, which operates five charter schools in North Carolina.
Before joining Lee Scholars, Thomas worked for two years as principal at PreEminent Charter School in Raleigh and as principal at Research Triangle Charter Academy in Durham.
She has a bachelor’s degree in music theory, history and performance from Hamilton College, a master’s in music therapy from New York University School of Education and a master’s in school administration and supervision from Mercy College.

Coretta Sharpless named assistant principal of Northside Elementary
CHAPEL HILL – At its Dec. 6 meeting, the Board of Education approved the hiring of Coretta Sharpless as assistant principal of the new Northside Elementary. Sharpless is an experienced educational leader who truly celebrates both the past and the future of Northside – she grew up in the same neighborhood and now has a chance to return in a state of the art school that is expected to be a community hub.
Sharpless has served in multiple roles in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools since 2003 including as an assistant principal, assistant principal intern, teacher, gifted education specialist, intervention specialist, grade level chair and student support team chair. Previously, she worked with Alamance-Burlington City Schools for six years.
Sharpless earned her Master of School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from N.C. Central University. She also completed a Gifted Education Certification at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Prior to college, Sharpless attended our own Estes Hills Elementary, Phillips Middle and Chapel Hill High. She will remain at Estes Hills Elementary until another administrator is hired.
Hill Center recognized for nonprofit impact
DURHAM – The Hill Center of Durham, with a model K-12 school program, professional development and training for teachers and administrators, has won recognition from the Social Impact Exchange.
The SIE launched a broad index of nonprofits that have shown results and potential to grow. The Hill Center was named part of the new S&I 100 index. The center’s website in the index can be found at
The SIE was started by the Growth Philanthropy Network in partnership with Duke University.
Research Triangle Charter Academy winter concert tonight
DURHAM – The Research Triangle Charter Academy will host a 2012 Winter Band Showcase and Concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
The show is expected to feature performances from the RTCA Eagle Regiment Marching Band (grades 3-8), the RTCA Eagle Essence Auxiliary Team (dance and flag/color guard), the RTCA Advanced and Beginning concert bands and The Brass Eagles small brass ensemble, which includes members from RTCA and N.C. Central University.
Admission is free, but guests are asked to support a clothing drive for Jamaican victims of Hurricane Sandy by bringing new, old or used clothing to the show.
The school is at 2418 Ellis Rd.
Citizen Schools showcase tonight at Neal Middle School
DURHAM – Participants in Citizen Schools at Neal Middle School will race robots on an Olympic-style track, host an art gallery walk and perform a martial arts tournament today as part of their WOW! Showcase.
The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the school at 201 Baptist Road.
Citizen Schools is a national nonprofit organization that runs programs at Neal Middle School for 150 students and for 90 students at Lowe’s Grove Middle. The program provides academic support and hands-on learning projects.
This showcase is an opportunity for students to “teach back” what they’ve been learning.
Scholarships available for summer immersion programs
Magellan Study Abroad is accepting applications from high school students around the country who want scholarships of at least $2,000 to participate in 30-day summer immersion programs. Scholarship applications are accepted until Jan. 31, 2013.
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