Schools name top assistant principal

From News ReleaseNovember 16, 2013 

Superintendent Ed Croom, left; Brandy Crocker, executive director of the Johnston County Education Foundation; Jocell Flores, assistant principal at Clayton Middle School; and Stephen Baker, principal of Clayton Middle.


The Johnston County school system has named its Assistant Principal of the Year for 2013-14. She is Jocell Flores of Clayton Middle School.

On Sept. 25, she received a $500 check from the Johnston County Education Foundation.

At Clayton Middle, Flores “completes tasks before asked, an exceptionally important trait in an assistant principal,” according to her nomination. “She works to build adult and student relationships because she knows that all learning happens within the context of a human relationship.”

Flores “helps students begin to believe in themselves,” the nomination continued. “Ms. Flores has suspended students who turned before leaving to apologize for letting her down.

“She is one of the best we have ever worked with. Her loyalty is beyond question. Her work ethic is amazing and, in fact, difficult to keep pace with. She believes in her faculty, staff and students. She is an effective communicator and leader. She manages to inspire, provide direction, give wise counsel and all the while maintain a level head in all situations.”

Superintendent Ed Croom said he is proud of the work Flores does on a daily basis and believes she is most deserving of this honor.

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