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Cox Nominated for Award

The Marvin R. Pittman Champion for Education Award is presented by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The Department of Public Instruction recognizes individuals who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to student success, who exemplify leadership in education and make a significant impact on students in North Carolina.

Dr. Myra Cox, Superintendent of Elkin City Schools, has been nominated for this prestigious award. “It is an honor for our community to have such an extraordinary leader that has created an environment where all students are encouraged to excel through unique, varied and authentic learning opportunities,” stated Frank Beals, Chairman of the ECS Board of Education. “To be nominated by colleagues proves that she is making a difference and inspiring a vision for our school system.”

As written in Dr. Cox’s nomination, “Not only did Dr. Cox include all teaching faculty in drafting a new vision statement for 2019-2023 strategic plan titled, ‘Innovation for the Future,’ she is making sure that vision statement, which reads, ‘We envision a school system that ignites the desire to learn in every student by providing them with unique, varied and authentic learning opportunities,’ is on the path to becoming a reality. For instance, she is currently working in partnership with World View UNC and in collaboration with teachers to create a Global Leaders Team in an effort to learn how to support, respect and empathize with students from all cultures that attend Elkin City Schools.” In addition to the Global Leaders Team, which will participate in leadership seminars, institutes and travel abroad to study the cultures in other countries, Dr. Cox will travel to Ireland in February with fourteen other NC Superintendents and community college presidents to immerse herself in the culture and explore economic ties between NC and Ireland. Her goal is to build bridges for students to explore their passions and return to Elkin upon graduation as future leaders in the Town of Elkin.

“Dr. Cox is a native of Dobson and continues to enhance our students and community with her honesty, hard work, and professional leadership as she has done for over 26 years. The Elkin City Schools Board of Education congratulates Dr. Cox on her nomination for the Marvin R. Pittman Champion of Education award and wishes her the best of luck in April 2020 when the recipient of the award is announced,” said Chairman Beals.