West Craven High principal accepts new position with NC Department of Public Instruction

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VANCEBORO, N.C. (WNCT) — West Craven High School Principal Tabari Wallace has accepted a new position in Raleigh as Special Advisor to the State Superintendent focusing on the people in the job he’s leaving, principals.

“Because now they have me, Julie Pittman, Christy, they have all the of us at the table to tell them you may not want to do that, because this what is it what it causes at the school level,” said Wallace.

His first task is to care of Craven County’s internet problem. He also wants to serve as an advocate for the state’s principals and teachers.

Wallace will work under State Superintendent Catherine Truitt in the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Wallace has been working in the Craven County Schools system as a teacher and administrator.

“I got bit by the bug. I like to tell people education chose me,” said Wallace.

In 2018, he was named the North Carolina State Principal of the Year after earning the same honor in Craven County.

“That was probably my biggest accomplishment up to that point. Being NC state principal of the year, means that you are the best in the profession,” said Wallace.

Colleagues know Wallace likes to work hard and play hard. Students and employees say he’s energetic, positive, and dedicated to the children. It’s those traits that make him ideal for the job.

“We know he’s a huge fish here, but he needs to be swimming in a bigger pond to make a bigger impact,” said Corey Krieger, West Craven High School counselor.

Craven County Schools is offering him space at the Central Services building to work until the Department of Public Instruction returns to work in-person.

“Words cannot express our love for Mr. Wallace. Mr. Wallace has made such a tremendous impact on the West Craven community making the students at West Craven High School his highest priority,” Craven County Board of Education Chairman Frances H. Boomer said. “In his leadership there, Mr. Wallace helped to create a strong connection between the community and the work of the school.

Wallace begins his new job on Monday. Dr. Stuart Blunt will sere as the interim principal at West Craven High.

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