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Stan Farrington is named OCS Principal of the Year!

October 2022


Stan Farrington


HILLSBOROUGH—Each year, Wells Fargo sponsors a fierce competition to honor the best of the best among school administrators. We are pleased to announce that Mr. Stan Farrington, of Partnership Academy, is our OCS Principal of the Year and Wells Fargo P.O.Y. nominee for 2022-2023! 


He will go on to compete for the regional title. And we have great confidence that he will advance on to the state level, and represent Orange County Schools as the top administrator, not only here, but in the whole state of North Carolina. 


Mr. Farrington has been principal of Partnership Academy alternative school since January 2018. He has a total of 27 years of experience in education, having spent more than a decade serving at-risk students and students with special needs. He has been with Orange County Schools since 2004.


Mr. Farrington earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation administration and a master’s in school administration from North Carolina Central University. 


In 2009, he was serving as lead teacher at the then Tryon Street Alternative Program, which was the precursor to today’s Partnership Academy school. While there, Mr. Farrington was named the North Carolina Association of Alternative Educators (NCAAE) “Educator of the Year.” This past January, he was inducted into the Marquis “Who’s Who in America Among Principals.”


Mr. Farrington said, “At Partnership Academy, we believe in the four “Big R’s.” And the first one is relationships. That is the foundation… The second “R” is rigor; we are there to learn. And then, the rigor must be relevant. If it’s not relevant, it won’t stick. Then ultimately, what we’re there to get is results! We put it all together, and I think that's a winning combination. That’s how we build our climate; that’s how we build our culture… And we have found that L-O-V-E is undefeated, and so we love those babies. And once you build that relationship, they’ll trust you enough to take that discipline.”


When asked his favorite aspect of the job, he had this to say: “Our Partnership Academy school motto is "A Posse Ad Esse,” which in Latin, means “From Possibility to Actuality." And one of my favorite parts of being a Principal is the give and take of empowering and enabling my entire staff, to effectively support kids and creatively help students reach their fullest potential.”


Mr. Farrinton was born and raised in Chapel Hill. He resides in Durham with his wife, Maria, who was his high school–AND junior high school–sweetheart! They have been dating since eighth grade! Together, they have raised three boys and one girl, the youngest of which is currently a senior in college.


Since 1998, Mr. Farrington has also served as Assistant Pastor at Kimes Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Mebane. His hobbies are “faith, family and folks!” He is a “people-person,” and his gregarious and caring nature comes through in all his personal and professional pursuits.


OCS Superintendent Dr. Monique Felder had this to say, “I am so privileged to recognize someone so deserving of this distinguished title and responsibility! Mr. Farrington cares about students, staff, and the families he serves. His leadership inspires the entire Partnership Academy team to rise to his standards and follow his example of service to the students and families there. We are so proud of him, and we wish him the best of luck as he advances to the regional competition! It is such a joy and an honor to have Mr. Farrington on our administrative team!”