Bring the Joy featuring 2023 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year Donna Bledsoe


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In a world that tips towards negativity and defeatism, EdLeaders have the opportunity to brighten life and sew positivity through Bringing Joy into the schoolhouse and into the lives of students and staff every day. Donna L. Bledsoe, principal of Cedar Ridge Elementary School in Surry County, NC was selected as the 2023 North Carolina State Principal of the Year. She encourages every EdLeader to "Bring the Joy" every day.

Since becoming the leader of the small, rural school in 2016, Ms. Bledsoe has cultivated a community with a clear focus on student success, strong faculty collaboration, and overall school improvement. In her words, the culture of Cedar Ridge Elementary can be summed up in one word: “joy.”

"Bring the joy" is their school mantra, and it’s reflected in all aspects of the school.

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"Investing in school leadership: Surry County Schools’ commitment," EdNC, by Donna Bledsoe


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