CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Every year, principals are asked to nominate one of their peers who they believe stands out as the best in the county.
The Craven County principals nominated for this year's title of Principal of the Year not only had to be nominated, but also had to go through a lengthy interview process.
Principal Tabari Wallace, of West Craven High School, was surprised at his school with a huge assembly on Tuesday, finding out he was the winner.
"They surprised me, they had an in-depth rouse going on that involved kids off-campus and we went to get them and there were actually kids there, so they really did they surprise me," Wallace explains.
Surrounded by his entire school and the Craven County Board of Education, Principal Wallace was told that he had been named as the county's Principal of the Year.
The school held a pep rally to show just how much they care about the leader of their school.
If you walk into a classroom with Principal Wallace, you can see why administrators chose him. The mood of the entire room shifts the moment he comes through the door and that quality is just one of the many reasons Superintendent Meghan Doyle says he was selected.
"Mr. Wallace has stood out to me personally as superintendent, but I think he stands out in the community, not just West Craven, but Craven County Schools in general and he has stood out for a long time, Mr. Wallace has a heart for people, children and adults and he really wants the best from every person that he comes into contact with," Superintendent Doyle explains.
"If you show a child or student that you care, they will reciprocate, and when they know you'll run through a wall for them, then they'll run through too for you, because they believe in you because you believe in them," Wallace explains. "It's almost a cyclical effect, so that's how, there is no magical potion, I just really genuinely love and believe in all my children and make sure they perform at their personal best."
Principal Wallace has been nominated four times for Principal of the Year and said he was completely shocked to hear he was selected.
He will now go on to compete for the Regional Principal of the Year and if he is selected as that winner, he would go on to compete for the North Carolina Principal of the Year.