Nikki Murchison named 2022-23 Chatham County Schools Assistant Principal of the Year

Pittsboro, NC – Virginia Cross Elementary School Assistant Principal Nikki Murchison has been selected as the 2022-23 Assistant Principal of the Year for Chatham County Schools.

Murchison has been with Chatham County Schools for 22 years, where she has served as a curriculum coach, first-grade teacher, ESL teacher, and ESL instructional assistant. She is a graduate of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a major in French and International Studies.  She also holds a Master’s Degree in Reading from UNC-CH and a Master’s in School Administration from UNC-Greensboro. 

This is the first year the school district has named an Assistant Principal of the Year.

“I am thrilled to receive this honor,” Murchison said after the announcement was made Friday, May 6. “I have had great mentors along the way, and I owe them a great deal of thanks for helping me grow in my profession. I also am so grateful to work with Principal Sarah Estes. We complement each other, and I’ve learned a lot from her.”

Estes is the 2021-22 Chatham County Schools Principal of the Year.

“I am so excited for Ms. Murchison. She is so deserving of this honor,” Estes said. “I am fortunate to have an assistant principal I can rely on and collaborate with every day. We share the same vision for how we can continue to help support students and staff at Virginia Cross Elementary. Ms. Murchison is an amazing educator and person.  We all adore her.”

Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson said it was important for the district to add the Assistant Principal of the Year.

“We are really pleased to begin recognizing our assistant principals,” Jackson said. “Ms. Murchison is an outstanding choice to represent the district as our first Assistant Principal of the Year.”