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Dr. Queesha Tillman of Loyd Auman Elementary Named 2022 NC Outstanding Elementary APOY

Cumberland County Schools (CCS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Queesha Tillman, a 16-year veteran educator and CCS' 2022 Assistant Principal of the Year, has been selected as the 2022 North Carolina Outstanding Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year (APOY) by the North Carolina Principals & Assistant Principals Association (NCPAPA). Dr. Tillman currently serves as the assistant principal at Loyd Auman Elementary School (LAES).
This afternoon, CCS Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr., visited her school and surprised her with the announcement during a called staff meeting. While her colleagues and some family members looked on, she was presented the official award letter from the NCPAPA as well as flowers and a gift box of treats from CCS.
As the NCPAPA APOY winner, Dr. Tillman will join all of the state APOY winners to attend the NAESP National Principals Conference in Louisville, KY in the summer of 2022. At the conference, state APOYs will engage with school leaders from across the county, gain unique recognition before a national audience and benefit from complete access to NAESP's premier professional development offerings.
In her 2021-2022 Assistant Principal of the Year portfolio, Dr. Tillman stated, "Setting a vision, fostering a sense of urgency and high expectations, creating a collaborative culture focused on scholar needs, and engaging the community have always been at the forefront of my duties as assistant principal."
While Dr. Tillman focuses her administrative initiatives on continuous improvement, collaborative lesson planning, and personalized development, she says fostering a positive atmosphere is equally vital to her success as an assistant principal. "I have a dedicated mission to foster our atmosphere to be one of trust, mutual respect, and POSITIVITY! We spend so much time with each other under a common goal. It is necessary to work each day to build trust amongst each other."
Tara Bratcher, principal of LAES, praised Dr. Tillman's success and excellence, stating, "She demonstrates passion and initiative in everything she does with a loving and giving spirit. She exemplifies true servant leadership. Dr. Tillman is a well-versed professional with continuous growth as an educator."
Dr. Tillman earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Fayetteville State University (FSU) in 2001 and a Master in Education from the University of Phoenix in 2009. She went on to complete her Ph. D. in Human Services - Social & Community Services from Capella University in 2013 and master’s degree in School Administration from FSU in 2016.
Dr. Tillman joined CCS in 2002, as an Exceptional Children's Education teacher and has been the assistant principal of LAES for the last six years. She has garnered multiple honors such as scholarships and awards throughout her 16 years in education. She also is a member of multiple professional organizations and has served as a board member for A Mother's Love Mentoring Program, FSU's Principal Advisory Committee, ReBrandNCED, and the Cumberland County Association of Principals and Assistant Principals.
Dr. Tillman received this award in acknowledgment of her dedication and success as an assistant principal. She will serve as North Carolina's representative for the National Association of Elementary School Principals' (NAESP) National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year program. This national program recognizes elementary and middle school assistant principals who have demonstrated success in leadership, curriculum and personalization.

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