SEDGWICK — The incoming principal of Sedgwick Elementary School is an experienced educator who founded her own school, which became one of the first charter schools in North Carolina.
The Sedgwick School Board hired Andrea Faurot last month to replace outgoing Principal John Dow, who plans to teach again.
Faurot starts July 1 and will be paid $79,000, said Union 76 Superintendent Christian Elkington.
“After seeing too many children not qualify for services, I wanted to find a way for all children to have their individual needs met,” Faurot said. “I started a school and ran it for 13 years. It grew from a small private school to a large public school.”
Faurot said she realized she was happiest when she worked in a small school with “a strong sense of values and respect.”
“I applied to Sedgwick Elementary because they share my core values, and I believe that I may be of service to the community,” Faurot said.
Faurot’s school began as Cary Montessori in 1989 but became Sterling Montessori Academy and Charter School in 1997. That was in Morrisville, N.C.
“Shortly after opening the new campus we were granted one of the first charters in the state,” Faurot said. “It went along with our mission to provide the education for anyone who wanted it regardless of ability to pay.”
Faurot has degrees from the University of Maine-Farmington in both special and regular education.
Faurot’s predecessor, Dow, had replaced longtime principal Don Buckingham, who retired last June.