About ten minutes into their session, a group of special visitors surprised the principal and her staff with an inspiring message. Superintendent Tom Forcella and members of his administrative team delivered flowers and a sincere thank you to Ms. Ruben for the great work she does with the students and families of Seawell Elementary. He also announced she had been selected by her fellow principals as the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools 2013 Principal of the Year.
“Marny Ruben is a strong leader, an exemplary principal and an outstanding person,” said Dr. Forcella. “She leads her school by modeling the character traits we teach our students.”
Ms. Ruben is in her twelfth year with Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. This is her fourth year as principal of Seawell Elementary. She was the school’s assistant principal for seven years prior to becoming principal. Ruben also served a one-year stint as an administrative intern at Estes Hills Elementary.
Prior to becoming a school administrator, Ruben spent seven years as a teacher in Durham and Pitt County Schools.
Ms. Ruben will now be entered into the Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year competition along with a principal from each district in the state. Following portfolio reviews and personal interviews, eight regional finalists will be named to participate in the state selection process.
Also on hand for the ceremony was Ruben’s husband Bryon and son Chase.
Since 1984, Wells Fargo Bank has financially supported the Principal of the Year program in collaboration with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in an effort to recognize outstanding principals from the North Carolina public schools. Since its inception, the program has recognized 33 state Wells Fargo Principals of the Year, 210 regional award recipients, and 2,679 local Wells Fargo Principals of the Year.
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