NEAAAT principal wins 2023 Wells Fargo Charter School Principal of the Year Award
Published 6:11 am Wednesday, February 15, 2023
T.J. Worrell, principal of Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technologies, has been named the 2023 Wells Fargo Charter School Principal of the Year.
Dr. Patrick Greene, the 2022 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year, and Tina Starr of Cumberland County Schools were present at NEAAAT on the morning of January 13, 2023 to deliver the news. They surprised Worrell, informing him he has been named the 2023 Wells Fargo Charter School Principal of the Year.
“This is a very well-deserved honor and we couldn’t be more proud of him,” said NEAAAT CEO Dr. Andrew Harris. “Principal Worrell’s steady leadership and his deep commitment to educational innovation have been vital to the many successes our students and staff have achieved since he took the helm as principal over four years ago. We are thrilled to support him as he goes on to ‘bring home’ the 2023 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year award in May.”
NEAAAT student Anna Montero was thrilled to learn of Worrell’s honor. “Mr. Worrell is always present and visible to us. He greets us in the parking lot every morning and he knows how to keep students happy while keeping things running smoothly,” she said. “He is dedicated to our school and students, plus he lets us pie him on special occasions. We have a great deal of respect for our Principal and this is a wonderful recognition.”
Worrell will move forward to compete against eight other regional finalists from across North Carolina. The next round of competition will be held on March 17 at the Umstead Hotel in Cary. The 2023 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year will be announced on May 19 at a special ceremony at the Umstead.