Juliana Irene Owen Thompson
NC State University
NELA Cohort IV Fellow
Chaloner Middle School
Roanoke Rapids High School
Executive Director of Instructional Services
Roanoke Rapids Graded School District
The goal of the Northeast Leadership Academy 2.0 (NELA 2.0) is to increase student achievement by preparing and retaining principals and assistant principals to serve as instructional leaders in rural high-poverty, hard-to-staff, historically low-performing schools.
NELA 2.0 creates a comprehensive leadership development and succession plan for the consortium of 13 high-need school districts: Bertie, Edgecombe, Franklin, Halifax, Hertford, Martin, Nash-Rocky Mount, Northampton, Roanoke Rapids, Vance, Warren, Washington, Weldon City
Each component of NELA 2.0 is anchored in research-based best practices in leadership preparation and is designed to meet the specific leadership needs of schools in rural northeast North Carolina. Fellows complete a summer community internship and a yearlong administrative internship.