HILLSBOROUGH, NC 23 OCTOBER 2018- Orange County Schools (OCS) is proud to announce that Mr. Eric Yarbrough is the OCS Principal of the Year for 2018-19 and that Ms. Tenisha Williamson is the Assistant Principal of the Year for 2018-19. Mr. Yarbrough is the Principal at Orange High School School, and Ms. Williamson is an Assistant Principal at A.L. Stanback Middle School.
Mr. Yarbrough began his career in education as a math teacher in the Alamance-Burlington School System. After serving students in the classroom for seven years, Mr. Yarbrough became a middle school assistant principal. In the summer of 2012, Mr. Yarbrough joined Orange County Schools as an assistant principal at Cedar Ridge High School. Later, he served as Principal of Gravelly Hill Middle school before serving in his current role as Principal of Orange High School.
For those that know Mr. Yarbrough, earning Principal of the Year is a natural consequence of his dedication and hard work. “These past two years have been incredibly challenging and incredibly rewarding,” offered Principal Yarbrough. “I am extremely excited about the work we are doing, and I look forward to Orange High School continuing to grow together as we become a stronger community that does amazing things for all students that we serve,” added Principal Yarbrough.
Ms. Williamson began her teaching career in Durham Public Schools. She came to Orange County Schools in 2009 as pre-kindergarten teacher and eventually became a kindergarten teacher at Grady A. Brown Elementary School. In 2014, Ms. Williamson moved into the assistant principal role at Grady A. Brown, followed by taking on the assistant principal role at Cameron Park Elementary School.
Developing positive relationships with families and helping teachers grow are priorities for Ms. Williamson. “I want to be a part of the structure and support that helps families advocate for their children and support opportunities for more of our children to have success,” imparted Ms. Williamson.