NCPS Principals Complete Leadership Program

Michael Girouard, principal of G.R. Edwards Middle School and Cynthia Gorham, principal of Fairview Elementary School completed the Distinguished Leadership Program (DLP), a year-long leadership development program for principals designed and developed by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal’s Association (NCPAPA) and sponsored by the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD.) 

Mr. Girouard says, “Participating in this DLP cohort provided the opportunity to collaborate with educators and school leaders across the state that face the same challenges and realities as I do. I was able to cultivate many relationships and value the professional learning tasks I was faced with. I look forward to continuing our school improvement efforts and implementing my newly acquired skill set.”  

The DLP allowed Mr. Girouard and Mrs. Gorham to attend sessions throughout the year-long program. Having completed the program, they will  now be equipped to develop and cultivate their schools while also being distinguished leaders in their schools and in their district.

The North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association (NCPAPA) is an organization for principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders. NCPAPA represents 5,000+ members from across the state and serves as the state’s principal affiliate of the N.C. Association of School Administrators (NCASA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP.) 


Chad Thompson, Executive Director of Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development, added, “DLP prepares our principals to be strong instructional leaders, as well as furthering their knowledge and skills on building effective collaborative cultures in their schools. We are proud of our principals for stepping out and participating in quality programs like DLP in order to strengthen their leadership skill set.”