Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Lee LaPlace

Mrs. Lee LaPlace joins us from Banks Road Elementary in Fuquay, bringing with her a robust emphasis on Arts programming and a fervent commitment to advocating for equity and opportunity for all students. Mrs. LaPlace serves as the PreK-2nd Grade Assistant Principal. A native of Morehead City, North Carolina, Mrs. LaPlace currently resides in Willow Spring with her husband Jonathan and two young children, Felix and Everett. With 14 years of experience as an educator, she commenced her teaching career in Wake County, contributing to various schools in the Wake County Public School System, encompassing multi-track year-round, modified year-round, and traditional scheduled schools.

Mrs. LaPlace graduated with honors from Appalachian State University in 2010, earning her undergraduate degree in Music Education K-12 with a concentration in general music. After a decade of teaching, she decided to pursue a Master's degree in School Administration, graduating with honors from Appalachian State University in 2022.

Recipient of numerous awards and honors, Mrs. LaPlace was the inaugural recipient of the North Carolina Symphony Music Educators Musicians Award and received the Teacher of the Year accolade in 2019. Her school chorus had the privilege of performing at the Wake County Public School System Teacher of the Year Banquet. Mrs. LaPlace has led various groups in local competitions, securing funds to provide instruments and essential school equipment. In 2019, the Banks Road Elementary School chorus earned 3rd place in the Mix 101.5 Christmas Choir Competition, generating $1000 for the music program. In 2023, she was honored with the NCCAT scholarship from the Wake County Public School Systems.

Beyond her school commitments, Mrs. LaPlace has actively participated in the North Carolina Saxophone Ensemble, Wake County Community Band, Sigma Alpha Iota, support for WCPSS Pieces of Gold, and enjoys teaching music lessons.

Driven by her passion for teaching and continual learning from her students and colleagues, Mrs. LaPlace is motivated to advance her career in educational leadership. She firmly believes that a quality education is a right, not a privilege, and every student deserves such an education.

Mrs. LaPlace's educational philosophy centers on establishing and maintaining a positive school culture. An effective educator and leader, in her view, models respect and honesty, setting clear roles, expectations, and goals for the school community. It is imperative for educators to live up to the expectations they set, build relationships within the entire community, identify and utilize the strengths of their staff and community members, and adeptly plan and manage school budgets and schedules, ensuring a bright future for the school community.