It was bow tie day at Brentwood Elementary School on Thursday, as more than 430 students, teachers and staff donned cloth and paper neckties in a surprise celebration for Principal Eric Fitts.
Cheers of Go Mr. Fitts! rang for Wake Countys new Principal of the Year as Fitts, wearing one of his more than 20 bow ties, gave high fives and hugs during a victory lap at Brentwood. Its the latest piece of good news for Brentwood, where students and staff have worked hard to be recognized as one of the nations top magnet schools.
This is an award for all their hard work that kids put in every day, for all the work that teachers put in every day, Fitts, 41, said. This is a Brentwood award. I was blown away to see all that excitement.
But for the Brentwood community, the award recognizes how much Fitts cares about making the school an environment where students and teachers can succeed.
He wants to make it work for everybody, said Lia McNeilly, Brentwoods PTA president. Hes a great leader that way.
Fitts began picking up those leadership skills growing up about 80 miles from Columbia, S.C., where the principal of his primary school was ...