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Dr. Emily Bivins - Principal of the Year

Frank Porter Graham Bilingue (FPG) Principal Dr. Emily Bivins was named the 2018-2019 Principal of the Year by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. The announcement was made Tuesday morning by Superintendent Pam Baldwin in the presence of colleagues at the monthly District Leadership Team meeting.

Bivins was selected for the honor by her peers, and will go on to represent CHCCS at the state level.

“I was very pleased to see Dr. Bivins selected as our Principal of the Year,” said Superintendent Pam Baldwin. “She is the textbook definition of a school leader…a great communicator, willing to try out new ideas, and always advocating for her students.”

This year is Bivins’ 29th year in public education. She began her career in Alamance-Burlington Schools, worked briefly in Cherokee County Schools, and joined Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in 1994 as an elementary teacher. Along the way, she gained experience as an assistant principal, central office administrator and principal of Carrboro Elementary. She began at FPG when it was converted to a Dual Language magnet school in 2013.

“There is no other job I would rather do, and no other place I would rather do it,” said Bivins. “I wake up every morning thankful for the opportunity to lead the amazing staff and the world’s greatest students at FPG Bilingue.”

Also named CHCCS Principal of the Year in 2009, Bivins enjoys widespread acclaim for her publications and presentations on Dual Language education. In 2011-12, she was participated in a Fulbright Administrator Exchange in Argentina. She also sits on the board of her local State Employees Credit Union and serves as a Girl Scout leader.

Bivins holds a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University, a master’s degree from Elon University, and both a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.